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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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Love there duets rip Tammi
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Ain't no mountain high enough
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jcfaulknerll
Thanks Pandora for the artist Bio's, even if they are so tragic like Tammi Terrell's. Truly a beautiful person inside and out!
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just love this
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Curt whaling
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Some of the Best music ever recorded!
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dodiemorgan6 9
Love you marven
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Best song duo forever
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Gorgeous forever
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this kind of music never dies
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Gt ready here I come!
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pnotchr73
VERY golden...jus t perfect. Couldn't be any better! ;)
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dragonlady60 8 8
gold....."!"
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Marvein Gaye
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We watched a movie in class and this song played and everybody started singing and dancing the result was detention xD Marvin <3
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swag
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Tammi and Marvin. Singing up in heaven togather
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What a duet, takes me back to the 70s
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Song is so UPLIFTING IN JESUS NAME AMEN THANKU
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Marvin you are miss. Love you
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cecil.j
Love it
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There ain't nothing like Pandora I love the station
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Tammi was so young we really miss her.
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dragonlady60 8 8
to. all the troops that fight for freedom tu
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She was so young!! We where blessed!
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Beautiful woman, tremendous voice, her death literally killed Marvin Gaye......
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Soulful.
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pnotchr73
Love this song...geniu s .
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auntroro81
I love this song it was from the movie StepMom with Julia Roberts, and Susan Suradan! Great movie!;)))
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Very sad. Then as I understand, Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his own father. Tragedy all around. Great voices.
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The Song Called Aint No Mountian Is From From Guardians Of The Gaxlay
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inmanlk2000
Love the song and how they have it in the movie
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I love this song!
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Two words Marvin and Tammi
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This is truly one of my favorite songs
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clarville
Sad...truly gone too soon.
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domenic.bucc i 3
Tammi was gone way too soon. A talented and smart young woman
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Marvin gate &Tammi terrell
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From remember the titans
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I love I love the 70s music
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#Motown! Everlasting Love <3:-*
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Old song's good times boy I can remember all of my good times
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Love you allways
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just magical!
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I love Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell? Mom played their jams all the time. I don't remember Tammi to well, I was 12 in 1970 when she died, but I remember her grace, charm and beauty and her magnificent voice!
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musicdiva197 9
I truly agree greatest duets their music will last a lifetime
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