Teena Marie

Pop/R&B singer Teena Marie Remembered By Diddy, Mary J. Blige and More

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The music world was stunned to find out that legendary R&B singer Teena Marie died over the weekend. The singer was just 54 and left a lasting influence on many of today’s contemporary artists, who immediately reacted to the singer’s death. Marie’s peers also shared their memories of the singer as the rest of the world was still learning of her death.

Diddy tweeted: “R.I.P Teena Marie. God Bless. Damn I just saw her the other day.”

Mary J. Blige also took to Twitter to pay her final respects to the influential artist, who was a friend and protégé of Rick James’. “Rest in peace Teena Marie,” Blige wrote. “My Love for u is forever.”

Common cited their shared astrological sign as a reason he felt so connected to her music. “Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we’ve been here before,” he tweeted. “That’s why ‘De Ja Vu’ is my favorite song.”

Fellow music “it” girl, Prince protégé Sheila E, also shared how much she will miss the singer on Twitter. “I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed.” Read more>>

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Singer, Teena Marie Dead At 54

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Singer/songwriter Teena Marie has died. She was 54.
Born Mary Christine Brockert in California in March, 1956, the Grammy Award-nominated star found fame as a protegee of late funk legend Rick James.
As Tina Marie Brockert, she landed a role on TV show The Beverly Hillbillies as a child, but her career really took off in the mid-1970s when she signed to Motown Records. As a label artist, she came to the attention of James, who produced her debut album Wild and Peaceful.
The album featured Teena Marie’s first big hit, I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love.
By her third album, 1980’s Irons in the Fire, Teena Marie was writing and producing all her own tunes. The album featured her first top 40 hit, Need Your Lovin’. She followed that success by performing Fire & Desire with her mentor James on his cult album Street Sounds.
Her solo Motown hits included Square Biz and It Must be Magic.
She also made music industry history in the early 1980s when she took her record label executives at Motown to court over a contract issue – the battle resulted in new laws that made it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material.
She subsequently left Motown and signed to Epic Records, where she recorded the hits Fix It, Shadow Boxing, Lovergirl and Out on a Limb.
The record label and Teena Marie parted company in 1990 and the singer/songwriter spend over a decade behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, devoting herself to her daughter Alia Rose.
She returned to the limelight in 2004 after signing to rap label Cash Money Records’ Classics spin-off label and released her comeback album, La Dona.
She ended the decade by releasing the acclaimed Congo Square on Stax/Concord Records in 2009. The album featured the song Can’t Last a Day, a duet with Faith Evans.
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