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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

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Detroit, United States (1967 – 1970)

Tammi Terrell began recording for Scepter/Wand Records at the age of 15, before touring with the James Brown Revue for a year. Terrell’s talents won her a contract with Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan later that year, at which time she changed her stage name to Tammi Terrell (contrary to popular belief, Terrell did not marry boxer Ernie Terrell, brother of future Supremes lead singer Jean Terrell).

In the mid-1960s, Terrell released a series of minor R&B chart hits, among them “I Can’t Believe You Love Me”, “Come On and See Me”, and a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine”. In 1967, she was selected to replace Kim Weston as Marvin Gaye’s recording partner. This teaming produced Gaye’s most successful duets, and the pair issued a stream of hit singles between 1967 and 1969. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By” epitomized their style, as Gaye and Terrell wove around each other’s voices, creating an aura of romance and eroticism that led to persistent rumors that they were lovers. Most of the Gaye/Terrell duets were crafted by two songwriting/production teams: Ashford & Simpson and Harvey Fuqua & Johnny Bristol

While on tour with Gaye in Virginia during the summer of 1967, Terrell fainted onstage.

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  • kluk_jako_buk

    Best duet ever?

    27 Apr 12:07pm Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough, Just call my name, I'll be there in a hurry, you don't have to worry ..... If you're ever in trouble, I'll be there on the double, just as fast as I can ..... Marvin and Tammi were truly Soul Mates and totally in Love with each other ..... Life happens and can deal anyone a terrible hand ...... Maybe they're together now - you're all I need to get by .... Oh Honey you're all that I need, all that I want .... Because ain't nothing like the real thing Baby ...... Marvin and Tammi together forever ......

    22 Apr 12:12pm Reply
  • sthanmc

    <3

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    my two sweet heroes. their beautiful souls come out in the music they made in their short time together. I love them both so very much. seeing the Motown building in Detroit was really something incredible for me. Both met such tragic ends yet made such happy music. And of course Ashford & Simpson thank you for writing their finest material!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    there is a TV special on Tammi Terrell I believe the show is called "Unsung" famous black soul artists who have been kind of neglected.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Heaven must have sent you both from above

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tpm_viick

    they were so so so beautiful I wanna cry <3 i think i'm a gayesexual haha

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    i love them so much.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Thaina_Rocks

    Stepmom.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    love

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Tammi was so beautiful back then.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Undergrunge

    Zapraszam polskich fanów soulu do przeczytania artykułu o Marvinie Gaye'u: http://kronikikulturalne.blogspot.com/2012/04/marvin-gaye-whats-going-on-1971.html

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Blue_Key

    Best Female/Male Duo In Music History.

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jama_Cox

    Just love this song ^__^

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Jama_Cox

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough <3

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    I love them so much together. Although best duo goes to Simon and Garfunkel, they're the best couple ever. I would be eternally happy if I had a love half as good as what they sing of. Ashford + Simpson <3.

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    The honorary First Couple of soul!

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • HolyDiver74

    Amazing, wonderful music. Perhaps the best duo in musical history!

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • gendervariant

    v this times a million.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
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