By now, you know that R&B singer Teena Marie died overnight at the young age of 54.
The self-proclaimed “Ivory Queen of Soul,” whose many classic hits included “Lovergirl”, “Square Biz” and the scorching duet “Fire and Desire” with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes.
My first exposure to her music was back in 1979 with her song, “Behind The Groove”. The Rick James bass riffs surrounded the track and her voice was incredibly powerful. It was only after an appearance on ‘Soul Train’ that I realized who she was…a gift from god.
She was a one-of-a-kind singer that brought together audiences, both black and white, with her powerful voice. Today’s artists will continue to follow her footsteps, but she will never be duplicated.
In memory of her passing, we’ll be playing selected tracks from her illustrious career.