Monday, December 27, 2010

Lady T - the Ivory Queen of Soul has passed

Teena Marie always wild is finally peaceful. Her music holds wonderful memories for me that I share with my children whenever I hear it. I have every album that I still cherish to this day. She is on my IPod; her lyricism is a part of my psyche. Rest in peace Lady T.



Marie Christine Brockert "Teena Marie", who made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like "Lovergirl," ''Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, has died. She was 54.

Teena Marie, known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," was certainly not the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by the black audience.

She was first signed to the legendary Motown label back in 1979 at age 19, working with James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship.

The cover of her album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing backlash by audiences if they found out the songstress with the dynamic voice was white.

But Marie notched her first hit, "I'm A Sucker for Your Love," and was on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," ''Behind the Groove" and "Ooh La La La."

Marie had a daughter and had toured in recent years after overcoming an addiction to prescription drugs.

1 comment:

General Parkerr said...

I don't think she ever truly got over the passing of Rick. My heart goes out to her family. They were two of my favorite performers and definitely had several of my favorite songs as witnessed on my Facebook page.