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Tata Vega

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Táta Vega (born Carmen Rose Vega on October 7, 1951, in Queens, New York) is a vocalist whose career spans theater, film, and a variety of musical genres.

Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, she was surrounded by the sounds of Latin music while developing a vast appreciation for the sounds of rhythm and blues. Gospel, rock, folk, country and any other music that Tata could hear would also affect her in their own individual way.

By the age of sixteen, it was apparent that Tata was destined for a career in the music industry. She moved to California and made her way into the musical Hair. While in Hair, she met Dobie Gray (known for his international smash “Drift Away”) who invited her to become a part of a counter-culture band called Pollution. After two albums with Pollution, Tata joined another band, Earthquire, who would sign a deal with Natural Resources, a division of Motown. As lead singer, songwriter and percussionist with the band, Tata’s talents were immediately noticed by Motown who signed her as a soloist on the Tamla label.

As a soloist with Motown, Tata released four critically acclaimed albums (Full Speed Ahead, Totally Tata, Try My Love, Givin’ All My Love). These four albums covered every musical territory possible: southern soul, disco, gospel, jazz, funk, country, Latin and doo-wop. Tata also scored two international hits (“I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby” and “Get It Up For Love”) which topped charts in both America and Europe. These songs were so contagiously funky that some critics dubbed her “the godmother of funk”.

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  • BelascoBoo

    I don't think she was ever poised to be a star, but, man, what a voice. I saw her once singing background for Elton John in concert. She is definitely a force!!!!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • lovnlife

    i love her motown work

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tsjenbunny

    No i dont...Does anyone have Times So Right?

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • tsjenbunny

    i own every Tata Vega Album YAYY

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • dukerz

    i love when u believe

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TKAlex

    But despite her success, Tata's experienced enough trauma to warrant a storyline from a soap opera. Raped and impregnated at the age of 15, Tata gave birth, then left home to go to California to be a movie star when she was 16--and ended up homeless. She was abducted, raped and impregnated again, she became promiscuous and had several abortions and miscarriages, she married a man who introduced he

    24 Dec 2007 Reply
  • llehcin

    The Dirty Dozens is cool too.

    18 Jun 2007 Reply

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