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Teena Marie

No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be, Rick James, who ended up doing all of the writing and producing for her debut album of 1979, Wild and Peaceful. That LP, which boasted her hit duet with James, "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love," didn't show Marie's picture -- so many programmers at black radio just assumed she was black. When her second album, Lady T, came out, much of the R&B world was shocked to see how fair-skinned she was. But to many of the black R&B fans who were eating her music up, it really didn't matter -- the bottom line was she was a first-rate soul singer whose love of black culture ran deep.

By her third album, 1980's gold Irons in the Fire, Marie was doing most of her own writing and producing. That album boasted the major hit "I Need Your Lovin'," and Marie went gold again with her next album, It Must Be Magic (which included the major hit "Square Biz"). It Must Be Magic turned out to be her last album for Motown, which she had a nasty legal battle with. Marie got out of her contract with Motown, and the case ended up with the courts passing what is known as "The Teena Marie Law" -- which states that a label cannot keep an artist under contract without putting out an album by him or her.

Switching to Epic in 1983, Marie recorded her fifth album, Robbery, and had a hit with "Fix It." In 1984, Marie recorded her sixth album, Starchild, and had her biggest pop hit ever with "Lovergirl." Though Marie had often soared to the top of the R&B charts, "Lovergirl" marked the first time she'd done so well in the pop market. Ironically, Marie was a white singer who had enjoyed little exposure outside the R&B market prior to "Lovergirl."

Three more Epic albums followed: 1986's Emerald City, 1988's Naked to the World (which contained her smash hit "Ooh La La La"), and 1990's Ivory. Unfortunately, Marie's popularity had faded considerably by the late '80s, and Epic dropped her. In 1994, the singer released Passion Play on her own Sarai Records label. Ten years later, she signed to Cash Money and released La Doña, featuring assistance from Gerald LeVert, Rick James, and MC Lyte. Sapphire followed two years later. Though both La Doña and Sapphire peaked at number three on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, she switched to Stax for her next album, 2009's Congo Square. On December 26 the following year, Marie died in her sleep at her home in Pasadena, California; she was 54 years of age. Marie's daughter Alia Rose subsequently oversaw the mixing, mastering, and release of Beautiful, an album recorded prior to Marie's passing. It was released through UMe in 2012. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Seeing her & rick james perform at S.F.'s cow palace was a true delight. I'm so glad I saw them both in their prime. Her voice & charm mesmorized the crowd. R.I.P. pretty lady. The world was a better place with you in it! From: Tiny S.F. mission. Peace & love people.
IT WAS FIRE AND DESIRE MR. RICK AND LADY T. RI.P U TWO SMILE...
I LOVE ME SOME LADY T I LOVE HER SONGS MY FAVORITE SONG IS YOUNG LOVE MISS U MS.T SMILE..
This girl was the s**t back in her day...I can remember going out to the dance clubs and people jumping on the dance floor when a Tina Marie song was played. She was amazing and she will be sadly missed. There have been quite a few great singing talents lost over the past few years and although that is the cycle of life, that doesn't make it any easier when it comes to the loss. RIP Lady Tee
sweet soul
What a talented singer. She had just hit the seen when I started high school. Still hard to believe such a beautiful talent has left, but her music lives on..
Teens Marie was incredibly talented. .I saw her 2011 at.Miami Jazz in the Gardens. .and she never missed a Beat.. Hearing of her passing was such a shock. . Thank you Tina for leaving such a Legacy of beautiful music..
mj76
jtny786
Unbelievable voice.
tracycoward1 6 0
She is the sh......
A legend
OOH LA LA LA BABY. I love this song. Music like this bring hot passion out in me. I love it. That's the Italian/Port u g u e s e in me, I suspect.
Man girl gets busy...her voice gives me chills..blow s any girl singer outta the water!!
jaglr
Before lady gaga there was Teena Marie!!!
The best of ever
LOVERGIRL GREAT JAM!
" I been here before " Honey you're still here with us YOU will never be 4 Gotten R I P we love you dearly !!!!!!!
Always ENJOYED her music !!!! She will be MISSED !!!!!!! Lady GaGa Miley Cirus Brittany Spears who the HELL is that !!!!!!!
I would've married Teena for her voice!!
Jam
ericp54
She is timeless and a treasure for all of us. No boundaries!
Please! Please! Play again Pandora!!!! Lol, this is my JAM!
jadehsiu
The best song to get it in on the soul train line..:->
Teena Teena LOVE YOU,Her music The words just bad.I Will all waste Love Her and Her music.
I loved me some Lady T..you are a star that will always shine bright. ..and will be truly missed.
this song is the bomb
No joke
De Ja Vu...was a classic! Teena, you were before your time...and now you are gone too soon. Rest In Paradise.
hopeworks21j
Love this song Tina and smokey!!
Love you Lady T...rip
yolandamann1 9 6 5
teena marie songs bring back lots good times from the past...
Casanova Brown. Brown was my Portuguese Grandfather' s last name. My Grandmother used to call him a Don Juan Casanova. LOL!
Truly a great artist
sophianorieg a
Aww.. Love this song..my mom n dads song.. Woo... Good music.. That's wussup
Dear Lover. Ew. Sexy nice. Maybe someone who can actually sweep my heart away.
I've always loved all if her music.
Deja Vu. I can relate to the lyrics in this song. Listen to them and you will know me a little bit.
She truly embraced the culture well...didn' t try to appropriate it, and surely didn't get the payback that other blue eyed soul artists get nowadays. Why? Because she was authentic!
They say that people are products of their environments teena was living proof - instead of running away from blacks she associated with them and as a result she became famous
Cannot believe to this day that Teena is gone! I saw her in DC with Rick James it was their first time together in 20 years! Saw them again in Detroit a ear later and it was crazy good!

Southeast Asian descent, who are otherwise healthy, Live Science reports.
One of the most peculiar medical disorders is undoubtedly the sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS). People who develop this condition eventually die in their sleep, due to the fact that their heart simply stops. In an interview for Cinemafantas t i q u e magazine in 2008, “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984) director Wes Craven said that the famous horror movie was partially based on this extremely weird disorder. The thing about this condition is that if affects mostly young adults of
Lover girl. I LOVE THIS SONG. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. I SING THIS SONG MYSELF. AWESOME.
Damn, I thought she was still alive. My grandmother passed in her sleep too on her birthday Valentines Day. wow. Well, I'll miss the music she could've continued to make. She's an awesome singer.
candise_dick s o n
There will never be another..
Teena Marie left us so soon
Portuguese Love. Very good song. TEENA MARIE IS LIKE ME, SHE'S PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN, IRISH, AND NATIVE AMERICAN. I AM PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN, IRISH, ENGLISH, AND NATIVE AMERICAN
I went to see her once , at the on sunset, what a show.
John Guinn
All these other white female singers try too hard to sound black. Teena didn't have to try hard she had it naturally.
OOOOO LA LA LA---Mariann e Williamson says that the lyrics to this song means that you have an Enchanted Love and this is how True Love is. It is the Honeymoon Phase. THAT is what's real. When you start seeing negative things about each other is when you're seeing illusions. The things about your sweet love that is NOT real and that is why there is divorce. Once I fall in love, I stay in love, it IS an Enchanted Love. Pay attention to the lyrics darlings then go read Enchanted Love by Marianne
Square Biz. Square Biz? I don't want to die alone. I'm a woman. I need and want a man. Square Biz baby.
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