Monday, December 27, 2010

TEENA MARIE (1956-2010)


It is a very sad day in the world of music for the loss of r&b singer, Teena Marie.

I always loved her music and my favorite album was her 1983 album, "Robbery (Expanded Edition)".  She had a strong and passionate voice but I don't think her talent ever got the proper recognition she deserved.

She was born Mary Brockert in Santa Monica, CA, and began singing at the age of 2. She was heavily influenced by the sounds of Motown and other African-American artists and could convincingly sing in that style.

She would eventually sign with Motown Records where she met the late Rick James who would help write and produce her first album, "Wild and Peaceful" in 1979. She had success right away with her first single, "I'm A Sucker For Your Love" which hit number eight on the r&b charts although her picture did not appear on her album because the label was unsure how audiences would react to her being a white artist. The world did find out by her second release, " Lady T" the following year and it would be perfectly fine as she would later be dubbed, "The Ivory Queen of Soul ".

She completed thirteen albums during her career with her last, "Congo Square" being released last year. Although she had only one song, "Lovergirl" hit the top ten on the pop charts, she got plenty of airplay on the r&b charts with thirteen top forty with seven reaching the top ten there.

The glorious sounds of Lady T will truly be missed.

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