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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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Great Song !!
I love this song its played in lots of motion pictures
I absolutely love this song so much!!!!!!!
I most definitely have such an old soul, always say I was born in the wrong year little to late!!!ugh just to be able to grow up with songs like these bn the 1st to hear it is really such a privilege u got to see the history of music in the making!!
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Awesome, I love it ;)
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Beautiful song
No true word's
Love this song
Sweat songs
ispepell
The best duet team of all time. They were so in sync with one another. Marvin was a mess when she died. They made the best music together.
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They sound so great together!
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Marvin and Tammi were what one could call ""a match made in heaven"" . Their natural togetherness both musically and although they weren't a couple, physically, seemed so heaven sent. Its so sad to think about Tammi's tragic illness and pre-mature death....so many great unsung songs that the world will never hear. Marvin in the devastation he suffered, fell short of what should have been a life and career so monumental, the world has yet to see. Marvin's ending reflected the entirety of his trag
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Nice
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liv7098
This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 songs you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I am sorry.
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mythos1
Two minutes 30 seconds of perfection!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love it!
oh yea
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a week day
Say your name
Post this on 15 diffrent songs
Your crush will ask you out on that day
This Was One Of MY Favorites.By Marvin Gaye :-).
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading their don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works. f6
They sang so well " there songs r what U call Classics"" she a Great Songstress " him s So before his Time" and still Evolving into todays Music"" I love both artist!!!!!! Such a Lost!!!!!
This song reminds me guardians of the galaxy
ispepell
Damn they sound so good together! It took a long time for Marvin to recover after she died.
Marvin. Marvin. Was. A. Man. Who. Had. A. Lot. To. Say. About. Love. And. Sung. It. Well. I. Missed. Him. So. R I p
No mountian high enough not valley low enough love that song
Lisa, this song reminds me of my parents also!
A tragedy of operatic proportions. . . .
Listening at work. Charming everyone in the office
I like this song
Marvin & Tammi, one of music's best duo's. Thanks for the music & memories
I remember the titans
The movie
Love this music reminds me of my parents....
Wemissyou
LOVE LOVE LOVE Tammy Terrell and Marvin Gaye, so sad so short lived!
This good music makes my soul feel amazing
backwin musicthe bombthank you marvin gayetamye
They were so awesome together.
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