How Did Tina Marie Die

December 27, 2010 by  

How Did Tina Marie Die, (AP) – Teena Marie, the “Ivory Queen of Soul” who developed a lasting legacy with her hits and silky soul with hits like “Lovergirl,””Square Biz “and” Fire and Desire “with her mentor Rick James , died Sunday. She was 54. A Pasadena police statement said the death appears to be natural causes. Police and firefighters were called to her home after family members found her unresponsive.

In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully fought an addiction to prescription drugs, she toured last year in support of her latest album, “Congo Square”.

Mary was certainly not the first white act to sing soul, but it was probably the most talented and respected, and he was fully adopted by black audiences.

Even before starting her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitates to soul music in her youth and decided to do her job.

Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label in 1979, becoming one of the few white acts to break the barrier of race from the record label owned Black revolutionary who had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye.

Mary was a protégé of James lecturer funk, with whom she had long relationships, turbulent but musically magical.

The cover of her debut album, “Wild and Peaceful,” was not her image; with Motown apparently fearing black audiences would not buy it if they found her with the dynamic gospel voice were white accents.

But Mary won her first hit, “I’m A Sucker for Your Love” and was on her way to becoming one of R & queens of the most revered B. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produces passionate love songs and funk jam songs like “Need Your Lovin'”,” Behind the Groove. ”

Marie’s voice was the main draw of her music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity and wrought with emotion, whether it’s drawing from the highs of romance or painful moments of a lost love. But her songs, most of whom she had a hand in writing, were the other major component of its success.

Tunes like “Cassanova Brown””Portuguese Love “and” Deja Vu (I’ve Been Here Before) “presented more typical platitudes about love and life, but complex thoughts lyrically rich.

And “Fire and Desire,” a duet with Rick James that featured the former couple considering their past love, was considered a musical masterpiece and a staple of romance on the block radio stations across the country.

Mary left Motown in 1982 and became its rupture history: She sued the label and the legal battle led to a law prohibiting the record companies to hold an artist without releasing any of their music.

She went to Epic in the 1980s and had hits like “Lovergirl” and “Ooo La La La”, but her musical legacy would be her Motown.

Yet she continued to record music and performs. In 2004 and 2006, she set two albums well received on the traditional rap label Cash Money Records, “The Dona” and “Sapphire.”

In 2008, she spoke of her joy at being honored by the Foundation & BR.

“Overall, it was a wonderful, wonderful ride,” she told The Associated Press at the time. “I do not intend to stop anytime soon.”

(This version corrects updates with the police report, removes the allocation publicist. Corrects that “Ooo La La La” was for years instead Epic Motown.)

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