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    Tammi Terrell: The tragic life story how Marvin Gaye never got over her death




    By Tom Eames
    Tammi Terrell was one of the most popular singers of Motown's early hit factory in the 1960s, particularly with her duet partner and close friend Marvin Gaye.

    However, Tammi is arguably forgotten in comparison to other Motown stars such as Diana Ross and Gladys Knight, largely down to her untimely death at the age of 24 in 1970.



    https://www.smoothradio.com/news/mus...-children-age/

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    Bit sceptical about one or two things in this. So her mother banned everyone from Motown from her funeral apart from Marvin. Why? It seems unlikely everyone should have been on the banned list. What about her close friends at Motown?

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    Ludie thought the label didn't protect her from David.

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    I never think that Tammi is forgotten in any way. I think she has a very special place in both Motown's history and the music industry generally. The results of her recording sessions with Marvin have a certain something that has never been surpassed. I think it is highly likely it never will be.

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    There was an article in the Philadelphia Bulletin that listed Smokey as being at the funeral as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulwally View Post
    Bit sceptical about one or two things in this. So her mother banned everyone from Motown from her funeral apart from Marvin. Why? It seems unlikely everyone should have been on the banned list. What about her close friends at Motown?
    Don't want to dispute this statement, however, if you read the one and only book published by a family member, My Sister Tommie by Ludie Montgomery and Vicki Wright it is stated as follows: ". . . PROLOGUE . . . There were many more flowers for Tommie than the eye could see. Tommie had so many friends. The presence of Motown was everywhere. There were so many Motown artists in attendance, and for the ones who were not in attendance, there were flowers from all of them too. . . ."

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    A lot of the stuff in the article posted above seems to come from the Tammi UNSUNG episode. In it, her fiance says that Tammi's mother lashed out at Motown who she blamed for not protecting her daughter. She said that Marvin can come to the funeral, but the rest of Motown can not come. That segment starts at about 35:00

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    Don't want to dispute this statement, however, if you read the one and only book published by a family member, My Sister Tommie by Ludie Montgomery and Vicki Wright it is stated as follows: ". . . PROLOGUE . . . There were many more flowers for Tommie than the eye could see. Tommie had so many friends. The presence of Motown was everywhere. There were so many Motown artists in attendance, and for the ones who were not in attendance, there were flowers from all of them too. . . ."
    Someone mentioned most of the then current Temptations being there but Ruffin was a no show.

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