Category: Tammi Terrell

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Male-Female Duos of the 1950s and 1960s

Les Paul and Mary Ford – “Mockin’ Bird Hill” (1951), “How High the Moon” (1951), “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise” (1951), “Tiger Rag” (1951), “Bye Bye Blues” (1953), “Vaya Con Dios” (1953)

Sonny & Cher – “I Got You Babe” (1965), “Baby Don’t Go” (1965), “Little Man” (1966), “The Beat Goes On” (1967)

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – “

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967),
“Your Precious Love” (1967), “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (1968), “You’re All I Need to Get By” (1968), 

“The Onion Song” (1969)

Ike & Tina Turner – “A Fool in Love” (1960), “I Idolize You” (1960), “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” (1961), “

Poor Fool” (1962), “Tra La La La La” (1962), 
“River Deep – Mountain High” (1966)

Peaches and Herb – “Let’s Fall in Love” (1967), “Close Your Eyes” (1967), “Love is Strange” (1967)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens – “Deep Purple” (1963), “Whispering” (1963), “All Strung Out” (1966)

Mickey & Sylvia – “Love is Strange” (1957), “There Ought To Be a Law” (1957), “What Would I Do” (1960)

Shirley and Lee – “I’m Gone” (1952), “Feel So Good” (1955), “Let the Good Times Roll” (1956), “I Feel Good” (1956)

Inez and Charlie Foxx – “Mockingbird” (1963), “(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days” (1967)

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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.

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Tammi Terrell performing at the University of Michigan in 1967.

Young, beautiful, vivacious, musically talented Tammi Terrell appeared to have a bright future in the music business in 1967, when she appeared at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium with the Motown Revue. After surviving abusive relationships with James Brown and David Ruffin, she made a series of top 40 duet hits with Marvin Gaye. Sadly, Tammi was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1967, which she succumbed to at the age of 24 in 1970.

(Photos by Tom Copi)

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Male-Female Duos of the 1950s and 1960s

Les Paul and Mary Ford – Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951), How High the Moon (1951), The World is Waiting for the Sunrise (1951), Tiger Rag (1951), Bye Bye Blues (1953), Vaya Con Dios (1953)

Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (1965), Baby Don’t Go (1965), Little Man (1966), The Beat Goes On (1967)

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967),

Your Precious Love (1967), Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (1968), You’re All I Need to Get By (1968)

Ike & Tina Turner – A Fool in Love (1960), I Idolize You (1960), It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (1961),

Poor Fool (1962), Tra La La La La (1962)

Peaches and Herb – Let’s Fall in Love (1967), Close Your Eyes (1967), Love is Strange (1967)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens – Deep Purple (1963), Whispering (1963), All Strung Out (1966)

Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange (1957), There Ought To Be a Law (1957), What Would I Do (1960)

Shirley and Lee – I’m Gone (1952), Feel So Good (1955), Let the Good Times Roll (1956), I Feel Good (1956)

Inez and Charlie Foxx – Mockingbird (1963), (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days (1967)

Male-Female Duos of the 1950s and 1960s

Les Paul and Mary Ford – Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951), How High the Moon (1951), The World is Waiting for the Sunrise (1951), Tiger Rag (1951), Bye Bye Blues (1953), Vaya Con Dios (1953)

Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe (1965), Baby Don’t Go (1965), Little Man (1966), The Beat Goes On (1967)

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967),

Your Precious Love (1967), Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (1968), You’re All I Need to Get By (1968)

Ike & Tina Turner – A Fool in Love (1960), I Idolize You (1960), It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (1961),

Poor Fool (1962), Tra La La La La (1962)

Peaches and Herb – Let’s Fall in Love (1967), Close Your Eyes (1967), Love is Strange (1967)

Nino Tempo & April Stevens – Deep Purple (1963), Whispering (1963), All Strung Out (1966)

Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange (1957), There Ought To Be a Law (1957), What Would I Do (1960)

Shirley and Lee – I’m Gone (1952), Feel So Good (1955), Let the Good Times Roll (1956), I Feel Good (1956)

Inez and Charlie Foxx – Mockingbird (1963), (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days (1967)

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In 1962, 17-year-old Tammi

Terrell

was introduced to James Brown. She signed a contract with him and began singing backup for his Revue as Tammy Montgomery. They became sexually involved. In 1963, Tammi released

her first

Billboard Hot 100

charting single, “I Cried” on James’ Try Me label. The song was written by James and Bobby Byrd. James reused the song’s chord progression for his 1966 hit “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Tammi’s relationship with James became very abusive.

One night on tour she finally left him after he beat her backstage for not watching his entire performance, abruptly ending their 2-year affair and professional relationship. 

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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.

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Tammi Terrell performing at the University of Michigan in 1967.

Young, beautiful, vivacious, musically talented Tammi Terrell appeared to have a bright future in the music business in 1967, when she appeared at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium with the Motown Revue. After surviving abusive relationships with James Brown and David Ruffin, she made a series of top 40 duet hits with Marvin Gaye. Sadly, Tammi was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1967, which she succumbed to at the age of 24 in 1970.

(Photos by Tom Copi)

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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.

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David Ruffin and

Tammi Terrell

After escaping an abusive relationship with James Brown, Tammi began a volatile relationship with the lead singer David Ruffin in 1965. In 1966, David surprised her with a marriage proposal.

However, when she announced her engagement to David on stage he became upset. 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. Tammi was portrayed in the Temptations movie during the Motown picnic scene. It is claimed that

David

hit

Tammi

with a hammer and/or 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 at the Motown Hitsville headquarters. 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. Tammi went on to record classic duets with Marvin Gaye, but she unfortunately died from a brain tumor at the age of 24 in 1970. David died of a drug overdose in 1991.