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April 2, 2020

1980s R&B Hitmaker: 25 Beautiful Pics of Teena Marie in the 1970s and ’80s

Born 1956 as Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, American singer-songwriter and producer Teena Marie was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and later acquired the nickname Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James.

Marie was known for her distinctive soprano vocals, which caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her success in R&B and soul music, and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul.

Marie played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas, and wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album.

Marie was a three-time Grammy Award nominee. She died in 2010 at her Pasadena home, aged 54.

These beautiful pics captured portrait of Teena Marie in the 1970s and ’80s.


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