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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Come On And See Me: The Complete Solo Collection

Disc 1

1. If You See Bill

2. It's Mine

3. Voice Of Experience

4. I Wancha To Be Sure

5. Sinner's Devotion

6. Make The Night A Little Longer

7. Big John

8. I Cried

9. If You Don't Think

10. If I Would Marry You (Stereo Version)

11. This Time Tomorrow (Stereo Version)

12. I've Got Nothing To Say But Goodbye

13. I Can't Hold It In Anymore

14. If I Would Marry You (Duet With Jimmy Radcliffe)

15. I Can't Believe You Love Me

16. That's What Boys Are Made For

17. Come On And See Me

18. What A Good Man He Is

19. Tears At The End Of A Love Affair

20. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)

21. He's The One I Love

22. Can't Stop Now (Love Is Calling)

23. Just Too Much To Hope For

24. Hold Me Oh My Darling

25. I Can't Go On Without You

26. Baby Don't Cha Worry (Stereo Version)

27. There Are Things (Stereo Version)

Disc 2

1. Ain't No Mountain High Enough (The Complete Duets (2001))

2. All I Do Is Think About You

3. Slow Down

4. I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back

5. Oh How I'd Miss You (Demo)

6. Lone, Lonely Town

7. You Ain’t Livin’ ’Till You’re Lovin’ (Stereo Version)

8. Give In, You Just Can't Win (Stereo Version)

9. When Love Comes Knocking At My Heart (Stereo Version)

10. Memory Chest (Stereo Version)

11. That's How It Is (Since You've Been Gone) (Stereo Version)

12. More, More, More (Stereo Version)

13. Two Can Have A Party (Stereo Version)

14. My Heart (Stereo Version)

15. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Stereo Version)

16. Kissing In The Shadows

17. Beware Of A Stranger

18. It’s Been A Long Time Happenin’

19. Almost Like Being In Love (Live At The Roostertail)

20. Stage Dialogue With Emcee Scott Regan (Live At The Roostertail)

21. I Can't Believe You Love Me (Live At The Roostertail)

22. Medley: What A Difference A Day Makes/Runnin’ Out Of Fools/ Tell Me The Truth/Baby Love (Live At The Roostertail)

23. Come On And See Me (Live At The Roostertail)

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Her and taraji look like twins
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Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Sissta
"I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back"
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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Pandora please play (can't stop now love is calling) Lee
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I love me some Tammi Terrell.
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The reason why there is so much comparison between Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross is that if Tammi didnt pass away she would have been in Diana Ross's space in the music industry. It was after Tammi's death that Diana Ross got noticed. Both great singers and a very unfortunate end professional and personally for Ms. Terrell but atleast her music will go on forever. Anyone who is lucky enough to know her voice will be very lucky
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tammi is great love her voice
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Who could NOT love her duets with Marvin Gaye. They defined the Motown sound for me! Though I wasn't born by the time she died, I grew up with her music and Marvin Gaye throughout my life!
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I'm seeing a "trend" that the songs aren't original. Just takes a few notes to hear a significant difference. Close but no cigar.
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Terrell died at age 24 in Philadelphia , on March 16, 1970. Her burial at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania , near Philadelphia Int. Airport, drew thousands of mourners, and many of her Motown colleagues were in attendance. In his biography, Divided Soul, Gaye wrote, "Tammi was the victim of the violent side of love--at least that's how it felt. I have no ... knowledge of what really killed her, but it was a deep vibe, as though she was dying for everyone who couldn't find love."
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Tammi Terrell Biography
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.
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love her, she set that sound for al that follow in 60"
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popbee43
why no history on tammi
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jjp5s
This is not the real song of Marvin and Tammi...soun d s like some flat singing man just trying to sing along from a karaoke here....plea s e Pandora--fin d the real version with the real Marvin Gaye singing with Tammi...it's her voice but not his.
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Died way to young
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listening to Tammi Terrell and Marvin Daye will put in a pleasant mood :)
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francynephil l i p s
They didn't come any better than Tammi.
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jaegere05
There were so many wonderful female singers of the sixties, and they all had different voices. There is no point in comparing.
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AMEN ea3pierce. Enough already....
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please send me the whisper greatest hits
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Comparing Diana Ross to Tammi Terrell is like comparing apples to oranges. Why do we do this with female artists? In the 80s they started a stars wars with Mariah Carey versus Whitney Houston and most recently with Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Yet we don't dare encourage such destructive comparisons with our male artists. Let's stop already! There's room enough for everybody!
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After reading some of the Tammi vs Diana comments it's always interesting that in order to justify one individual's artitic talent we have to down grade another. We should probably stop comparing artist and appreciate them as individuals
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Great tune but definitely not singing with Marvin.....
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st5acey_slyr s
had no idea...i'm glad i realized. thanks tammi.
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t_heath
What a talented youg lady!!! Mike is oh so right...Dian a Ross only wishes she ever could have sounded like Tammi Terrell!!!!! ! ! ! !
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loved her - still miss her... eat your heart out Diana!!!
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This is an artist from an era where music was real.
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Ron says:Listeni n g to Tammy Terrell and Marvin Gaye in early hours of the morning makes me realize how talented they were.Heaven will never be the same! The duet will stand the test of time.
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Love Tammie Terrell. Gone too soon. Enjoy listening to her voice. She and Marvin was match made from Heaven....I like "Come on and see me" by her.
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Always like Tammie Terrell. Just admire her voice and enjoy listening to all of her songs
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yvetteponce
Love Tammi Terrell. Beautiful singer. One of my favorites
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I absolutely love Tammi Terrell!!!! What a great voice!

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