Tammi Terrell talked badly about

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Top of pageBottom of page   By kiely ( on Friday, April 11, 2003 - 11:20 pm:

I Have to say something on regards to Tammi Terrell being talked about in a book entitled "David Ruffin -My Temptation" by Genna Sapia Ruffin. In her book which is about her and David , she says a lot of bad comments about Tammi such as "she always played around" ,that Tammi's "affair" with David was "Based on a million dollar lie" ,she was a "druggie" that cocaine strunk her to 93 pounds and that she was a "treacherous witch" . It's sad that she would even come out of her mouth and say those bad things about her. Did anyone else read the book too ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By STUBASS ( on Friday, April 11, 2003 - 11:40 pm:


Top of pageBottom of page   By Vonnie ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 12:33 am:

My personal contact with Tammi contradicts what may have been written in the book. Tammi was a sweetheart, there was not a bit of conceit, malice or treacherousness in her. Seems that someone is trying to sell a book by slandering persons (David and Tammi)who are not alive and not able to defend themselves. I am glad that people on this forum have open minds and can read between the (lies) lines.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Chad ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 04:00 am:

I read it. Genna and David shacked for 10 years. She knows Tammi and she wrote what she knows. Said Tammi once answered the door close to butt naked. You can order a copy off The Motown Alumni site.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 04:58 am:

Apart from selling scandal-mongering books, does character-assassination actually benefit anyone? Whatever an artist's private life may have been, as long as it did not harm others, does it impact upon their stature as an artist? I'm sure Genna genuinely believes what she has written, but people always believe what they want to believe, especially if they have axes to grind. Any case which is judged solely on the testimony of one biased witness cannot seriously be considered to have been "proved beyond reasonable doubt".

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 05:13 am:

Thanks for common sense Ritchie.

I am spotting postings here from new folks.

While you are welcome, shit stirring is not.

I do not want this thread to get out of control.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Vickie ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 05:18 am:

Vonnie & Ritchie thank you very much for those words.....

Wow Stu I am up huh?
I can only say so much here..I answer many emails from fans wanting to know what exactly is Ludie's book going to cover and talk about...I feel I express that here 100% of the time and at the same time protect our project..

This is one persons opinion and does not "jive" with many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, other peoples' reflections of Tammi, people who knew her very well, like her family and closest friends..Keep in mind it's the opinion of one person....Keep in mind who this person is in regards to Tammi..I read the book too.
Keep in mind many things when you read about anyone...ask why all the time, ask what is the motivation of anyone that chooses to slander anyone...
I have spent many weeks & months sifting through that rumor mill and what I always come back to is what the truth is and must be...

Humbly yours,


Top of pageBottom of page   By Vickie ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 05:23 am:

Thank you David...


Top of pageBottom of page   By Aljaydu/Creole ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 07:58 am:

Thank you, Vickie.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Jim Feliciano in Detroit. ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 08:25 am:

And 'heralded' thanks to everyone, 'blessed' are those would will maintain the 'peace'... always, on this much 'cherished' site!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eli ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 10:15 am:

I have known Tammi from the Tammi Montgomery days and before and I agree with Vonnie on what she said. She was indeed a sweetheart.

Also, to those with negative comments, please take them elsewhere as this is a positive forum an one that does not bred unfounded slander as in some other posts.

Thank you.

Top of pageBottom of page   By bbyw ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 03:11 pm:

In Regards to Tammi Terrell...Keep in mind there is always two sides to every story. It's funny how people can talk about someone when they are not around to defend themselves.The true story of David and Tammi would come out in different content had they both been alive.Please let them both rest in peace!!
Byron Woods,Chgo,IL

Top of pageBottom of page   By Sue ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 03:48 pm:

Yes unfortunately, when people are dead, legally there is no recourse when they're the subject of libel or slander. The sleaze purveyors and their lawyers know that.

The story of Tammi -- and David Ruffin, and others -- is colorful enough without having to repeat the gossip of someone with an axe to grind.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Common ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 06:21 pm:

Slanderous is putting it nicely with the crap spewing out of that so-called "memoir". David nor Tammi is alive to defend themselves but hell, who cares? As long as someone can cheapen someone's legacy to make a buck & people are willing to buy it, they'll continue to churn out such garbage. Thank Goodness for Vickie & some truly devoted people who are working hard to set the record straight!


Top of pageBottom of page   By Vickie ( on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 09:48 pm:

Thank you everyone....

much love :)


Top of pageBottom of page   By kiely ( on Monday, April 14, 2003 - 12:12 am:

Thanks for your comment Vickie . Even though she had bad intent , I have heard more good about Tammi than bad. She had talked badly about her because she obviously did not like her from the get go , because she was with David. Aaaaaahhh, people nowadays.
I am looking forward to Tammi's biography. : O )

Top of pageBottom of page   By Tyrone ( on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 10:20 pm:

I am reading this book now. This woman is definitely bitter, still I find it interesting. As others have posted, I don't believe everything I read, especially the slander. I also wonder why she's bitter towards Jimmy Ruffin and Diana Ross? Give me the facts not the hearsays! That's the only thing I dislike about the book.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Funkyone D J Dollar BILL ( on Sunday, May 04, 2003 - 11:27 pm:

As I sid in the Motown to Detroit thread,It was not my intent to circulate malicious rumors.There will always be people saying evil stuff,but usually about people that have had more recognition than themselves.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Vickie ( on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 12:20 am:

Hey Funkyone,Tyrone, & Kiely...

I read the book and couldn't finish it...
I was told about it a while ago..
Hopefully she healed somehow by writing it..
I don't understand that way of writing .


Top of pageBottom of page   By tyrone ( on Thursday, May 08, 2003 - 10:40 pm:

I thought about putting it down several times myself but wanted to read about David and other Motowners. Looking forward to the Tammi project you've been working on.
Take care,


Top of pageBottom of page   By JoB ( on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 05:53 am:

As a younger (nonetheless loyal) fan of the late Tammi Terrell (she died nine years before I was even born), I would have to admit that I am pretty much ignorant to the actual facts of who she was as a person, but I WILL say that I refuse to let someone's attempt at selling more copies of their book ruin the way I choose to remember Ms. Terrell---a beautiful young woman who could sing as good as she looked, and who died waaay before her time.
So I choose to ignore this woman who wrote these bad things about her...shoot, next thing you know someone will be trying to talk trash about Aaliyah!! I personally think that talking that way about the deceased and defenseless is about as low as you can stoop, and says a lot about the character of those that do it.

Top of pageBottom of page   By fayette ( on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 06:16 am:

the thing i truly hate about making movies and
writing books that is based of the lives
of people that are no longer with us. is
that they are not here to defend themselves.
but rumor hungry folks will buy it.that's
the sad part. but tammie's music speaks for
her,she will live on a legend no matter how hard
someone tries to hold her memory down.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie ( on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 06:45 am:

Of course, no-one is obliged to write a bad-mouthing book. It's an author's choice to present the case for or against their chosen subject. The fact that kiss-and-tell books are supposedly "popular" probably says more about book publishers than the public's alleged hunger for scandal.

A few years ago, I helped a family member write his autobiography, after 30 years in the entertainment business. His book was honest, funny and entertaining. The publisher's response was, "it's not very juicy - can't you spice it up a bit?" and passed the manuscript to a tabloid hack for a ghost-written "makeover". When the subject - a close relative of mine - reviewed his revised "autobiography", he tore it up. The book was never published.

Top of pageBottom of page   By moanman1 ( on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 05:10 pm:


It's a shame what's happening in the world. No one wants to write a clean, uplifting, truthful book about the people we loved, admired or meant something to us. Indeed, it seems anyone can say/write/claim just about anything about someone ( especially after they've passed on), and there's nothing to be done about it. Frankly, I choose to remember Ms. Terrell was a wonderful singer, a beautiful sister, and a tragic loss. It would be wonderful if people remembered her for her talent, her grace, and concentrated on just those things.

Since the author has opened up the scandal box, I wonder if she mentions or addresses the rumor about David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks? I understand yet another book is in the works, that claims they had a long-running affair. I have no interest in knowing whether this is true or not. Again, people can write anything. The truth is, very few of us will know. The Bigger question is: Who do these rumors, half-truths, and downright lies REALLY benefit? The authors, that's who!

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