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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Singer Tammi Terrell joined forces with the immortal Marvin Gaye to create some of the greatest love songs ever to emerge from the Motown hit factory; sadly, their series of classic duets -- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," and "You're All I Need to Get By" among them -- came to an abrupt and tragic halt with her premature death. Terrell was born Thomasina Montgomery in Philadelphia on April 29, 1945; after winning a number of local talent contests, by the age of 13 she was regularly opening club dates for acts including Gary "U.S." Bonds and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. In 1961, she was discovered by producer Luther Dixon and signed to Scepter. Credited as Tammy Montgomery, she made her debut with the single "If You See Bill," followed early the next year by "The Voice of Experience." After James Brown caught Terrell's live act, she was signed to his Try Me label, issuing "I Cried" in 1963 and also touring with his live revue. "If I Would Marry You" appeared on Checker a year later, during which time she also studied pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania.

While performing with Jerry Butler in Detroit in 1965, Terrell was spotted by Motown chief Berry Gordy, Jr., making her label debut with "I Can't Believe You Love Me." When subsequent outings "Come On and See Me," "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," and "Hold Me Oh My Darling" earned little notice, she was paired with Gaye, who previously recorded duets with Mary Wells and Kim Weston. His chemistry with Terrell was immediate and in 1967, they entered the pop Top 20 with the magnificent "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," the first in a series of lush, sensual hits authored by the husband-and-wife team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. "Your Precious Love" cracked the Top Five a few months later and in 1968, the twosome topped the R&B charts with both "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By." The success of these later hits was nevertheless tempered by Terrell's off-stage travails -- after an extended period of severe migraine headaches, in 1967 she collapsed in Gaye's arms while in concert at Virginia's Hampton-Sydney College, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Although the tumor forced Terrell to retire from performing live, she continued to record with Gaye even as her health deteriorated; however, as time went on, Valerie Simpson herself assumed uncredited vocal duties on a number of hits, including 1969's "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By" and "What You Gave Me." (For several other tracks, Gaye's vocals were added to pre-existing Terrell solo recordings.) In all, Terrell endured eight operations, ultimately resulting in loss of memory and partial paralysis; she finally died in Philadelphia on March 16, 1970. Gaye was so devastated by her decline and eventual passing that he retired from the road for three years; her loss also contributed greatly to the spiritual turmoil which informed his 1971 masterpiece What's Going On. At the time of her death, Tammi Terrell was just 24 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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savannahdunb a r 5 3 1
I love this song ��
good tunes
Stop hiding from me. ..
aint nothing like the real thing - i wish the folks her in wash d c govt would listen to this maybe things will get better - so glad i amd the reak thing
I SEEN THEM AT LEOS CASINO IN CLEVELAND IN 1967 THEY WERE AWSOME WISH I COULD SEE THEM AGAIN I GUESS I WILL IN HEAVEN
They had to be in love at some point. ..just listen to the honesty in the voices...i love this s**t here
Say iphone 5 times then pick a color then post this to five other songs then look under your pillow
Cool
All ways love that. Song . Dre.
My favorite Tammy & Martin song was (and still is) if this would were mine!
I remember this well I was really good yours
Yeah this waz on remeber the Titans. Love this song. I thank God for Marvin and Tammi. I read a book on Marvin written by his brother and i fell in love with Marvin. Tammi death really hurt him
this is the type music that got me and others though Viet Nam.Bro Dap
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matyrodrigue z 5 4
I remember 1970
teavanaawuah 8
You
love love
Mmk
Love this classic now this is music
Shrews soaresome
Hewasso deep
cassandra_bl a n c o 8 8
I love that song if this world were mine
I Love Marvin gaye
A very troubled soul vs. a song bird
sharonlrd2
OMGosh
I love Marvin Gaye and I don't remember Tammi, but what I do remember is hearing mom play the songs She sang with Marvin. Mom said she was a beautiful soul who liked to laugh and tell jokes. She also had a heart of gold.
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a comet named Tammi
Greatness has no name.
r.m.patterso n
THIS IS STUPID BUT I LOVE MICHEAL JACKSON
Hewassohot
one of my best duets she left us to soon godsbe
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patchicheste r 7
This song was in Remembering the Titans
miss you Tammi
Awesome music
andreatolden
There awesome together and I'm 11 and like them
chrisapoo364 2
U are so great
great voices.
These two were just perfect IMO! I loved their voices together, I don't remembers Tammi well, but mom said she was beautiful with a voice of gold! Marvin was a genius!
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