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Philadelphia singer Tammi Terrell, née Thomasina Montgomery, came to Motown in 1965, already something of a seasoned veteran – as a teenager, she’d had some moderately successful solo releases as “Tammy Montgomery” and been part of James Brown’s corps of backing singers before semi-retiring (at 19!) to enrol for pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania. She couldn’t stay away from showbiz, however, and when Berry Gordy saw her performing live in Detroit, the newly-rechristened Tammi Terrell was signed to Motown.
Her Motown solo career, brilliant as it was, has largely been overshadowed by the incredible series of duets she cut in the late Sixties with Marvin Gaye. Sadly, Tammi suffered from terminal brain cancer, leaving her too ill to record or perform by 1969 (when her début solo LP was belatedly released). She died in March 1970, aged just 24.
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