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twixnmix: Tammi Terrell (1966) Known for her d…

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Tammi Terrell (1966)

Known for her duets with Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell was born Thomasina Montgomery on

April 29, 1945 in Philadelphia. Her younger sister says Tammi was raped by three boys when she only 11 years old. In 1960, she signed to a record label where she recorded a couple of singles. She left that label to sign on with James Brown where she began singing back up in his revue. Even though she was only 17, Tammi became sexually involved

in a

abusive

relationship with James who was almost 30. One night on the road Tammi left him after getting mercilessly beaten. In 1963, her first charting single “I Cried” reached #99 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Frustrated with her failure, she decided to quit the music business and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where she spent the next two years as a pre-med major. 

In 1965, on her 20th birthday, she signed on with Berry Gordy who changed her professional name to Tammi Terrell. During the Motown Revue tour which she opened for The Temptations, Tammi began a volatile relationship with the lead singer David Ruffin. In 1966, David surprised her with a marriage proposal. However, Tammi was devastated once she discovered that he had a wife, three children and another girlfriend in Detroit. This led to them having public fights. It is claimed that Ruffin hit

Tammi

with a hammer and a machete, though these claims were denied by

Tammi’s family.

Earl Van Dyke, leader of Motown’s Funk Brothers band, recalled David beating up Tammi in the Hitsville building.

Her sister Ludie Montgomery also confirmed a story that Tammi was hit in the face by Ruffin’s motorcycle helmet, leading to the end of their relationship in 1967.

In 1967 Tammi began recording with Marvin Gaye, they a close platonic relationship and the duo released a string of hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Your Precious Love”. While performing live with Marvin at Hampden-Sydney College she collapsed and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Following the surgery in 1970, Tammi slipped into a coma and died on March 16, just weeks before her 25th birthday.

twixnmix: Keith Haring photographed by Yann G…

twixnmix:

Keith Haring photographed by Yann Gamblin

in his studio, October 1989. 

In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he created the Keith Haring Foundation to support children’s programs and organizations dedicated to raising AIDS awareness. Haring died in New York on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications. He was 31 years old.

Aaliyah photographed by Hamish Brown in Lo…

Aaliyah photographed by Hamish Brown

in London on May 23, 2001.

R. Kelly and Aaliyah in the green room at BET …

R. Kelly and Aaliyah in the green room at BET before their appearance on Video Soul, 1994.

twixnmix: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Andre Ri…

twixnmix:

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and

Andre Rison attend the

Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22, 2000.

Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, and Lance Bass …

Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah,

and Lance Bass

photographed by George Lange, 1999. 

Jimi Hendrix photographed by Barrie Wentzell…

Jimi Hendrix photographed by Barrie Wentzell at 23 Brook Street in London, 1969.

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twixnmix:

Aaliyah and R. Kelly photographed by Anthony Cutajar, 1994.

Malcolm X at the National Memorial African B…

Malcolm X at the National Memorial African Book Store in Harlem on March 12, 1964.

(Original Caption) Negro nationalist Malcolm X, during press conference in offices of the National Memorial African Book Store here on March 12th, urged America’s 22 million Negroes to learn how to use shotguns and rifles, apparently by establishing and joining rifle clubs. Brother Malcolm, as he now calls himself since resigning as New York leader of the Chicago-based Black Muslim movement, said 1964 would be the bloodiest year in the civil rights fight.

Marilyn Monroe at the French Consulate i…

Marilyn Monroe

at the French Consulate in New York to receive the “French Crystal Star” for Best Foreign Actress for her role in “The Prince And The Showgirl” (1959)

Photo by Paul Slade