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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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nancy72353
Tammi Terrell was the best.
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greenionu
I love all of them
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I love you Marin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song
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I believe in anything great can happen just believe first.
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They were a great duo Rip to them both.
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pelagicperso n
Tammy will always be a part of my fondest memories in music
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ldyzee5
Tammi Terrell was the best
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Great song
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If Tammi was still alive Dianna Ross would unheard of. Sad, but true some must die so others can live.
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What an amazing we were blessed with. Two angels singing in heaven now. ♡
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ruts1944
Two of the best.
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Love old school
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A classic pairing of talents..... . Wonderful !!!!
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Great Song!!!
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moteshita84
Wow
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The odies are the best music.
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Who does not love this duo, Tammi may not b here but her music still has life, Marvin is awesome together they're fantastico!! ! !
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this is whats up
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mady072006
I love u to.u guys are awesome. My mom loves u guys!☺
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ajlarosee
Great song, by far one of the best ever
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There is no comparison
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i was blessed off this song wit my children
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Love this song
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I will always treasure listening to my radio with anticipation for a Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell tune. I was a lovestruck teenager back then. Ain't nothing like the real thing...and I am referring to the music of the 60's and the 70's. We need to turn back the clock for the talented writers, composers, arrangers, and singers of those times!
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Love her music and voice.Me gusta su musica y su voz.
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I know when she was here her vocals and music is still loved and played in my house for ever.
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What is there to say TT and MG
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usrebel79
There is no music today that even compares to theirs.
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Unbelievable .
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Love the way they sing together old school
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Yes heaven must have send you from above cause your Love Is Like No Other the passion of your touch driving me crazy the way you put it on me.
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Love this song
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True classic!

You learn a lot reading the biography
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say Iphone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 2 other songs
look under her pillow
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Love this song . Me encanta esta cancion
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Wow had no idea
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damn...never heard about this story - that bio will make ya cry
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Love this music��
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The brothers still teaching us how to love.
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Old School jam
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gone to soon god's has a angel in his heavenly choir
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wooo! i am 18 and i jam to this
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They were a pair of beautiful voices, perfectly paired and utterly flawless. Tammi left Earth way too early but I'm glad that her music lives on. She really put her soul into it, and in that sense she's still singing today.
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Marvin & Tammi was such a flawless little duet pair! She was so beautiful! Too bad, she left us way too soon! I've heard that David Ruffin may have had to do with how she died because of his domestic abuse on her! He got to answer Heavenly Father for that!
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This kind musice make heart feel good
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