Monday, December 27, 2010

R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead

Legendary 70s and 80s R&B soul-funk singer Teena Marie has died at 54. Her manager Lynn Jeter tells TMZ that she passed away last night in her sleep and was found by her daughter today.

Teena – born Mary Christine Brockert, and also known as Lady T – was one of very few Caucasian artists on the Motown record label in the 1970s and fear of a backlash among fans led to her image being omitted from her first album ‘Wild and Peaceful’.

However, her career with Motown ended badly and she launched a legal battle which led to the ‘Teena Marie Law’, meaning a label cannot keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for them.

Marie was known for hits on pop radio was the 1984 like Lovergirl, I’m A Sucker For Your Love, I Need Your Lovin', If I Were a Bell, and Square Biz.

She was known as a protege of Rick James and she definitely had a funky side, expressed in her songs and in the way she played rhythm guitar, keyboards and percussion.

But a lot of her music was pure rhythm and blues.

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