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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: The Essential Collection

1. I Can't Believe You Love Me

2. That's What Boys Are Made For

3. Come On And See Me

4. What A Good Man He Is

5. Tears At The End Of A Love Affair

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

7. He's The One I Love

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

9. Just Too Much To Hope For

10. Hold Me Oh My Darling

11. I Can't Go On Without You

13. There Are Things

15. Lone Lonely Town

16. Slow Down

17. I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back

18. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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Track List: Lost And Found: Real R&B And Soul

1. They Call Me Big Mama

2. Come On Back

3. (Countdown) Here I Come

4. You Don't Love Me

8. Tippin'

10. I'll Be True To You

11. I Want You

12. I'll Be Oh So Good

13. King Kong

16. Hang On In There

17. Rhythm

18. One More Chance

19. All I Do Is Think About You

21. Honey Child

23. Crosscut Saw

25. The Ice-Man

27. Call Me

28. I Got Love If You Want It

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Track List: The Complete Motown Singles Volume 7

Disc 1

1. Love's Gone Bad

2. Mojo Hannah

3. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone

4. There's No Stopping Us Now

5. Pucker Up Buttercup

6. Anyway You Wannta

7. Chantilly Lace

8. Your Love Is Amazing

9. Till Johnny Comes

10. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage

11. Come Spy With Me

12. Jimmy Mack

13. Third Finger Left Hand

14. Travlin' Man

15. Hey Love

16. Bernadette (Promo Version)

17. I Got A Feeling

18. Bernadette

19. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

20. World So Wide, Nowhere To Hide (From Your Heart)

21. I Want To Go Back There Again

22. I Love You

23. It's So Hard Being A Loser

24. Your Love Grows More Precious Every Day

Disc 2

1. Just Look What You've Done

2. Starting The Hurt All Over Again

3. Here I Am Baby

4. My World Is Empty Without You

5. Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me

6. Do You Love Me Just A Little, Honey

7. The Happening

8. All I Know About You

9. Got To Have You Back

10. Just Ain't Enough Love

11. There's A Ghost In My House

12. Don't Fool Around

13. Festival Time

14. Joy Road

15. (I Wonder Why) Nobody Loves Me

16. I've Been Blessed

17. When You're Young And In Love

18. The Day You Take One (You Have To Take The Other)

19. All I Need

20. Sorry Is A Sorry Word

21. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

22. Give A Little Love

23. 7-Rooms Of Gloom

24. I'll Turn To Stone

Disc 3

1. Chained

2. Don't Let It Happen To Us

3. Chained (Alternate Mix)

4. For All We Know

5. I Cross My Heart

6. I Was Made To Love Her

7. Hold Me

8. More Love

9. Swept For You Baby

10. It's Been A Long Long Time (A Long Time)

11. I Understand My Man

12. Everybody Needs Love

13. Your Unchanging Love

14. I'll Take Care Of You

15. You're My Everything

16. I've Been Good To You

17. Ain't That The Truth

18. Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby

19. That's The Way Love Is

20. One Too Many Heartaches

Disc 4

2. Going Down For The Third Time

5. Steal Away Tonight

6. For Once In My Life

8. I've Got To Find It

9. You've Made Me So Very Happy

10. Your Precious Love

11. Hold Me Oh My Darling

12. You Keep Running Away

13. If You Don't Want My Love

14. From Head To Toe

15. The Beginning Of The End

18. I Got A Feeling

19. You Got Me Hurtin' All Over

20. I'm Wondering

21. Every Time I See You I Go Wild

23. (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need

24. Don't Send Me Away

Disc 5

1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

2. It's Time To Go Now

3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine [alternate Mix]

4. I Want My Baby Back

5. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love

6. What A Good Man He Is

7. There Are Things

8. I Second That Emotion

9. You Must Be Love

10. In And Out Of Love

11. I Guess I'll Always Love You

12. Honey Chile

13. Show Me The Way

14. Come See About Me

15. Sweet Soul

16. You Haven't Seen My Love

17. Happy Day

18. Two Can Have A Party

19. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You

20. If This World Were Mine

21. My Baby Must Be A Magician

22. I Need Someone

23. I Wish It Would Rain

24. I Truly, Truly Believe (Alternate Mix)

25. I Truly, Truly Believe

26. You

27. At Last (I Found A Love)

28. Change What You Can

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Track List: The In Crowd

Disc 1

1. The In Crowd

2. Can I Get A Witness

4. Cool Jerk

6. See Saw

7. Rescue Me

8. 1-2-3

9. Too Many Fish In The Sea

10. Whatcha Gonna Do About It

11. Get Out Of My Life Woman

12. Put Yourself In My Place

13. Devil With The Blue Dress

14. Piece Of My Heart

15. Cry Baby

16. Don't Fight It

18. I'm The Face

19. Air Travel

20. Going To A Go-Go

21. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

22. Woman's Got Soul

23. Finger Poppin

24. Think

25. Green Onions

Disc 2

1. That Driving Beat

3. Helpless

5. Tell Mama

6. Twist & Shout

7. I Got Love If You Want It

8. Money (That's What I Want)

9. Boom Boom

11. Leaving Here

12. The Twist

14. Penny Reel

15. King Of Kings

16. A Certain Girl

17. Wade In The Water

18. I Do Love You

19. My Girl

20. It's All Right

22. Love Has Gone

23. It Will Stand

24. The Entertainer

25. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Disc 3

1. Harlem Shuffle

2. I Can't Turn You Loose

4. Sitting In The Park

5. Yeh Yeh

6. The Monkey Time

7. Mickey's Monkey

10. Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)

11. You Beat Me To The Punch

12. Try It Baby

14. Come On And See Me

15. Tune Up

16. Can You Jerk Like Me

17. Every Little Bit Hurts

18. All For You

19. Hi Heel Sneakers

20. My Babe

21. Kansas City

22. Shame, Shame, Shame

24. If Somebody Told You

25. Image

Disc 4

1. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

4. Leaving Here

5. Almost Grown

6. I Got You (I Feel Good)

7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

9. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I

10. Love's Gone Bad

12. Little Girl

15. Bert's Apple Crumble

16. In The Meantime

17. Got My Mojo Working

19. All Or Nothing

20. I'm A Man

21. Hitch Hike

22. Time Is On My Side

23. That's The Way It's Got To Be

24. First I Look At The Purse

25. The In Crowd

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Track List: The Sound Of Bacharach

1. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

2. Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)

3. Long After Tonight Is All Over

4. I Wake Up Crying

5. If I Never Get To Love You

6. True Love Never Runs Smooth

7. This Guy's In Love With You

8. Everybody's Out Of Town

10. I Cry Alone

11. Baby It's You

15. The Fool Killer

16. Only Love Can Break A Heart

17. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

18. Send My Picture To Scranton, Pa

19. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance

20. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa

23. The Breaking Point

26. Sinner's Devotion

27. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

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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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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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