Rick James

December 27, 2010 by  

Rick James, (AP) – Teena Marie, who made history as the first Motown act white, but 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. She was 54.

The confirmation comes from a publicist, Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her latest album. His manager, Mike Gardner, has also confirmed her death to CNN.

Teena Marie, known as the “Queen of Soul Ivoire”, 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.

It first signed on the legendary Motown label in 1979 at age 19, in collaboration with James, with whom she had long relationships, turbulent but musically magical.

The cover of her album, “Wild and Peaceful,” was not her image, apparently fearing with Motown game by the public if they discovered the singer’s voice was vibrant white.

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” and “Ooh La La La.”

Mary had a daughter and had visited in recent years after having overcome an addiction to prescription drugs.

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