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Tragic Details About Tammi Terrell's Life

Many Motown stars could tell some tragic stories about their lives, but Tammi Terrell had more than her fair share of sorrow during her all-too-brief lifetime. Per Goldmine Magazine, she was born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery on April 29, 1945, in Philadelphia to an unsuccessful actress and a barber. Tammi suffered from migraines from a young age. Producer Luther Dixon discovered her when she was 15 years old, which led to recording some singles as Tammy Montgomery, then joining James Brown's...

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    Tragic Details About Tammi Terrell's Life - Grunge

    Tragic Details About Tammi Terrell's Life - Grunge

    Many Motown stars could tell some tragic stories about their lives, but Tammi Terrell had more than her fair share of sorrow during her all-too-brief lifetime. Per Goldmine Magazine, she was born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery on April 29, 1945, in Philadelphia to an unsuccessful actress and a barber. Tammi suffered from migraines from a young age. Producer Luther Dixon discovered her when she was 15 years old, which led to recording some singles as Tammy Montgomery, then joining James Brown's touring band as a background singer. Per Rolling Stone, she and Brown had a relationship during that time and Brown was abusive. Fellow band member Bobby Bennett remembered that "[Brown] beat Tammi Terrell terrible ... she was bleeding, shedding blood" and "Tammi left him because she didn't want her butt beat." The Root reports that Terrell and Brown were 17 and 29 at the time of their relationship, respectively. When she left Brown and his band, she started college as a premed major.

    What The Last 12 Months Of Marvin Gaye's Life Were Like - Grunge

    What The Last 12 Months Of Marvin Gaye's Life Were Like - Grunge

    On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye died at the hands of his father. The preceding year had been one of dramatic contrast. Despite awards and accolades, the last year of Marvin Gaye's life was an extreme roller coaster. Gaye first rose to prominence with his 1962 hit "Stubborn Kind of Fellow." He swiftly became a Motown staple — not bad for someone who started out as just a drummer. By 1973, he was recording his incredible, three-octave range with the likes of Diana Ross, and he soon began producing his own records, even playing all the instruments himself. Everyone knew that Marvin Gaye was a force to be reckoned with, but it wasn't until his later years that he would start to gain critical acclaim.

    The Tragic Real-Life Stories Of Motown Stars - Grunge

    The Tragic Real-Life Stories Of Motown Stars - Grunge

    There's no business like show business, and there's no sound like Motown's. Renowned for producing "glorious melodies and killer hooks," Motown is the birthplace of quite a few iconic music careers. If Michael Jackson ever thrilled you, if the Supremes keep you hanging on, or if you love listening to Lionel Richie all night long, you have Motown to thank. Founded in 1959 in Detroit and later merged with Universal, the legendary record label was started with an $800 loan taken from the family savings of founder Berry Gordy. A Motor City native, Gordy previously worked in a car plant and applied an "assembly line" mentality to creating quality music.

    Aretha Franklin's Relationship With Smokey Robinson Explained - Grunge

    Aretha Franklin's Relationship With Smokey Robinson Explained - Grunge

    The well-received 2021 Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect" reminded audiences what should have never been forgotten: Aretha Franklin is without a doubt one of the 20th century's greatest singers. The movie, however, also effectively illustrated that Franklin, an Atlantic Records recording artist later known as the Queen of Soul, came up in one of the most fertile eras in American popular music. Smokey Robinson was among the great musicians from that era — a Motown Records star who first made his name with a rhythm and blues group called The Miracles, according to Biography.

    The Untold Truth Of Motown Founder Berry Gordy Jr. - Grunge

    The Untold Truth Of Motown Founder Berry Gordy Jr. - Grunge

    Today, the word "Motown" is so ingrained in our culture, it's easy to forget it hasn't always been a way to casually refer to Detroit or to describe a kind of infectious pop-soul music. In fact, Motown Records as we know it has only been around since 1960, but its influence is mighty. Much of that is thanks to Berry Gordy Jr., Motown's founder. Gordy Jr. was born in the Motor City in 1929 and his beginnings are a classic Great Migration experience.

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