Teena Marie Died
Teena (Tina) Marie the ivory queen of soul died on Sunday at the age of 54, she was discovered lifeless by her daughter, but the official cause of death has not yet been revealed, her manager Mike Gardner stated.
Born Mary Christine Brockert, she began her career as a singer in the legendary Motown label alongside singer and mentor Rick James in 1976.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and arranger, her first album “Wild and Peaceful” was released in 1979 without a photo on the cover (Motown did not want the public to find out she was white). Teena Marie has released 13 studio albums in total, including 6 discs certified platinum in the U.S. and 6 certified gold.
Her biggest single, “Lovergirl” released in 1984 peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, however her most famous songs are undoubtedly “Behind the Groove” (1979), “I’ma sucker for your love” (1979) and “Ooo la la la”(1988) sampled by The Fugees back in 1996 under the title “Fu-gee-la”.
Teena Marie has never had any problems in her career because of her ethnicity, she has always been well accepted by the urban public.