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Teena Marie

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Santa Monica, Los Angeles CA, United States (1956 – 2010)

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 - December 26th, 2010) was an American Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer. (Born Mary Christine Brockert) Marie, nicknamed Lady T, was a protegée of the late funk legend Rick James, and is notable as one of the few successful multi-ethnic performers of R&B. She sang R&B with big, robust vocals, and played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also had written, produced, sung and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She has quoted this as being her favorite album. She is survived by a daughter named Alia Rose who, as of 2009, sings under the name Rose Le Beau.

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Marie was born in Santa Monica, California. She is of Belgian, Portuguese, Irish, Italian, and Native American ancestry. Marie grew up in Oakwood, a neighborhood in West Los Angeles. As a child, she had an acting role on The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. She also sang at the wedding of actor Jerry Lewis’s son when she was 10 years old.

Marie worked briefly at Pup ‘n’ Taco in the mid 1970s while attending Venice High School, where she joined the Summer Dance Production, and also had a role in the school’s production of The Music Man.

1979–1981: Motown era

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  • Stacy84

    She has some of the most beautiful songs ever [2] I agree and underrated at that. Teena made classic albums. She only got better with time. I'm one of those late comers to her music,started listening around Congo Square but I been in love with her music since then. Not only a beautiful singer, but she had a lovely speaking voice imo ( from what I hear from songs).* a random tidbit* Greatly missed.

    6 Aug 7:15pm Reply
  • puertoricanjane

    She has some of the most beautiful songs ever: Cassanova Brown, Tune In Tomorrow, Shadow Boxing, Dear Lover, Sunny Skies. She's not just my favorite female vocalist but my favorite female artist by far.

    24 May 6:47am Reply
  • gospoman05

    Welcome to 1,000,000 Lady T!

    15 May 4:39am Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    I still miss the Ivory Queen of Soul

    8 Apr 6:15am Reply
  • MURDERGHOST

    "Jammin'" some Lady Tee right now. Rest In Paradise, lovely!

    22 Feb 7:50am Reply
  • Akayz7

    :)

    2 Feb 2:02pm Reply
  • gospoman05

    Miss Teena Marie, Welcome to 1 Million!!!

    29 Jan 11:10pm Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Such a passionate performer.

    19 Jan 8:41pm Reply
  • Crux_Borealis

    Something about that ear candy

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • weastcoast

    Let's get her to a million plays everyone! [5]

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    .Hollywood Blvd is missing a star. Lead your followers to our page http://www.facebook.com/TeenaMarieStar. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help Teena finally get her star. Description Teena Marie still does not yet have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Please share/tweet/promote this page to all of your friends and followers. Stay tuned for more details on how you can play a part in sealing Teena Marie's legacy in cement.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    Work It

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BackNDaDay90

    The 'Beautiful' album is truly an amazing body of work.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    The music will never die

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    She Was Beautiful...Too Bad She Died At a Young Age...

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TommiePage

    I am floored that she has yet to reach (at least) one million scrobbles.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Batiste369

    Let's get her to a million plays everyone! +4

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • newjillswing

    Let's get her to a million plays everyone! [3]

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • BarneyJWY

    Let's get her to a million plays everyone! [2]

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Stacy84

    Beautiful album is beautiful. Classic Teena. This is how you make an album! My fav is Long Play, just that beat is enough. Teena is a legend. Nobody like her. Let's get her to a million plays everyone!

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
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