The death of R&B legend Teena Marie continues to shock fans, who still can't comprehend the "Lovergirl" singer's unexpected passing at age 54 on Sunday.
"My heart is broken," "The Talk" co-host Holly Robinson Peete told CNN analyst Roland S. Martin. "Teena Marie was an R&B Empress, a music pioneer, a brilliant songwriter/producer with the most original powerhouse vocals ever. Nobody sang like Teena! But above all she was an exceptional human being, a humanitarian and an authentic friend who I will miss dearly."
En Vogue member Cindy Herron echoed Peete's sentiments: “It’s a loss for those who loves her music, but also the music world," she told Martin. "She still had so much to offer.”
According to Marie's publicist, Lynn Jeter, the superstar suffered a grand mal seizure last month while watching a movie with her 18-year-old daughter. She was then put on medication that made her suicidal, so Marie “reduced the meds herself,” says Jeter. Marie was looking forward to performing at a gig in Atlanta this week, but that concert never came to pass. "She evidently died in her sleep and her daughter found her,” Jeter says.
Sean "Diddy" Combs told Martin: "The world has lost one of the most talented and beautiful musicians of our time. There will never be another Teena Marie."
Still, the "Square Biz" singer's legacy will live on, says Lionel Richie.
"If there is a word called talent or talented, it was pouring out of her veins. She was an amazing phenomenon," he told Martin of Marie, who was born Mary Brockert. "There was Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Teena Marie. And you don’t want to go on stage with any of them. Those three you just don’t play with."
In a YouTube message he recorded on Monday, Lenny Kravitz says, “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Teena.”
The singer said Marie took him in when he was 16 years old and living on the street.
“She gave me a bedroom,” he says. “She fed me, she cooked for me, she took care of me. She gave me instruments to play; she took me to all her recording sessions. She took me to concerts, she nurtured me and helped me to become who I am.”
He adds: “She changed my life, not only as an artist, but as a person who truly loved me for who I was.”
iReporter Al Mealey also shared his tribute below.
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May Teena Marie rest in peace, a unique voice that brought joy to millions.
Iam talking square biz....my heart truly goes out to your daughter and family...remember nothing is promised and we all will have to say bye oneday to this lovely world we call home.....RIP teena marie...you will be missed!!!!
Shaqfuage get some professional help. Your negative comments are so out of reality and so insensitive and racist!
Teena and Rick are up there bringin the funk to the angels . and as for all the idiotic negative comments,this lady is truly a legend. Her albums all12 or so from 1979 to 2009 say so.Where are yours ? REST IN PEACE LADY T.
Rest n peace, teena marie.she was the best soul singer i ever heard.square biz was the number one hit n the club. and rick&teena just turn it out with there hit and its number to me. my heart goes out to her family....much love kim.....
The Vanilla Child showed the Ultimate Showmanship. Those of you that never heard of her, take off the blinders and flip to other stations that play more than just "pop tarts" posing as talent. Many other true artist don't get their due, due to haters and just people that don't appreciate other kinds of music! Don't be so one dimensional!
Ever since the first time I heard her sing, I fell in love with her. You will truly be missed. God needed another angel for his choir. A great voice silenced too soon!
God called u home, sorry for your daughter to lpse her so soon!! Rest in peace!
I remember , calling my girl-friends over to come and hear the baddest white girl ,, i ever heard sing r&b,, i bought the
very first album, wild peaceful,, and then Irons in the fire,, i was so in-love with my first boyfriend, who also died in his
sleep at the age of 36yrs ,, and he was the one who first played fire and desire, for me,, and today Iam shocked and
sadden by teena's death, i was also born under the same sign as teena,, pisces,,, so her songs and her music and lyric's
touch my life with so much love and passion,, back then we where so young and happy and full of life,, just listiening
to teena marie songs,, so my heart goes out to her daughter and mom and dad and her family and friends,, i cannot
remember a day that i didnt play a teena marie, song, Iam so iam, glad teena stayed true to herself, and her music,,thank you so much teena for making my life so full of love and passion, and honesty, I will miss you,, forever,,,
GOODBYE MY PISCEAN HOLOCUST, BORN IN VENICE HARLEM,, LOVE YOU.
Im sooooooo sad I dont know what to do I really feel like I know her I grew up with her and she will be sadly missed I will pray for the family its in gods hand bless all
Love ya Teena Marie and always will...saw you at the old school funk fest here in Cali. last year.
If where BEYOND race then why is it that TMZ & other media outlets ignore the passing of artist that only BLACK people like?
Roger Troutman of Zapp...Marvin Gaye..and Now Teena Marie..funk pioneers.
Justin Timberlake,Kenny Loggins & James Taylor sound black as well....hope they get more attention when they pass as well.
sang like an angel...beautiful!
I have always loved Tina's songs. I've got all of them.I will pray for her daughter that she loved so much. When She did the song with Gerold Levert I thought it was so beautiful.It's so sad that two great voices have passed on. Tina I'll never forget your voice. I believe your daughter will never let your voice die as long as she keeps singing.She sounds just like her mother.Love you both,God Bless.
If one thing amazes me, it's the 'evil spirit' of folks who would take the time to post nasty comments on a page regarding the death of an artisit who many loved or held in deep respect. Contribute it to ignorance, racism, evil, stupidity, or whatever...but it doesn't matter. If you don't like the person, why express it here? If you aren't famliar with the person's works, why comment on them? And since you DIDN'T know of the person or care for them, how could you possibly know their medical history? Sounds like straight up STUPIDITY...and now you've shown us all. I saw Teena Marie about 15 years ago in a huge park at a free, outdoor concert. There were thousands of people there. She performed like a champ, tirelessly, with strong, clear, beautiful vocals. I'll always remember that show and performance...For you haters..., well, you're not that important since all you have to contribute is negativity and probably have NO talent WHATSOEVER of your own. Music has no color; talent is what matters. She had the talent. 'nuf said.
Teena Marie's music and vocals is the main reason I don't care for todays music.....I laugh and shake my head when my daughter glorifies singer like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and even Jennifer Hudson.. their vocals are good, but they just dont get down inside of you and touch that raw nerve and soul like Teena...../Very strong ,emotion-filled and soulful singing from white females is unacceptable in music industry.[Remember Laura Nyro,?] ,.Teena Marie never fully crossed over to white charts...The NBC Today morning program to this day has not once commented on her passing ...Shame .....I love You Lady Tee......My Soulsistah..you will be missed....Maybe now someone out will tell your amazing story...Because you were indeed a beautiful-genius Freak of Nature!
Chris, they said that she died of natural causes because something internal killed her; she wasn't murdered and she didnt commit suicide. Such a sad time for her daughter and parents. Right after Christmas. That chick could sing her behind off. My condolences to her family....
Teena Marie, you were the best! I still can't believe that you are gone from us. May you rest in peace and my truest and deepest sympathies go out to your daughter and other extended family and friends. God bless you all and thank the lord we still have all of Teena's great music. She was an ICON that will live on forever in her music!
The death of Mary "Teena Marie" Brockert deeply saddens me! I feel as if I've lost a friend! I want to thank God for blessing us with her angelic voice and her love. To all the negative mean ppl may God bless you as well and come into your heart! Lady T. I will always love you and your music. Thank you for the wonderful gift of music that you brought to my life. God bless your daughter and your soul! Love you baby so much! Peace T.
R.I.P to Teena, for those that didn't know who she was might mistake her with Teaira... Close enough, ya know how the music industry is, out with the old in wit the new... R.I.P
R.I.P Teena Marie... Did livemixtapes.com and other promoters have something to do with her death to promote Teairra Mari? New mixtape?
The things people do for money, something looks funny...
Rest in peace, Teena Marie.
I'M A HUGE FAN OF TEENA MARIE AND SHE IS THE QUEEN OF R&B – I LOVE MARY J, BUT COMPARING MARY J TO TEENA IS LIKE COMPARING APPLES TO ORANGES...I DO AGREE WITH ONE RESPONSE (YES I'M BLACK) WHY ARE WE SO STUCK ON HER COLOR....SHE WAS AN AMAZING SINGER AND AN AMAZING PERSON...HER DAUGTHER IS WHO LEFT BEHIND SURLEY DOESNT CARE THAT HER MOTHER WAS WHITE....GET OVER IT!!!! RIP "LADY T"
I have never been so heartbroken for someone I have never met. Funny thing is, I feel like I know her and she knew me. Back in 1979 I was a freshman in high school. I still remember the first time I heard Teena. I was blown away. The more I listened the more she captivated me. I would lie on my bed in the dark and just listen to her. It felt as if she sang to me and no one else. When happy, sad, or lost I would play her songs and she helped and guided me like no other person ever did. There hasn't been a week that has gone by in the last thirty years that I haven't listened to her. When I introduced her to my wife I felt as if I was introducing a close friend. I wanted her to love Teena as much as I did. When I was married she was there. When my father died she was there. I feel absolutely devastated. I just can't imagine how her family must feel. Teena, I don't know what I will do without you making music for us. I will keep listening until my last day. I love you Teena.
I'll never forget the time I held Teena at hot crack pipe point (Rick James version of gun point). Those were some good times. I wonder if Paris Hilton can hook me up with some crack? Anyway...I'm Rick James Beatch!
That big ho could partay!!! Stankity bam bomboozle!!! Pass it this way big girl!!!
Diane...people like you disgust the hell out of me. You couldn't be any more ignorant than your post; or could you?
Anotha legend gone may she r.i.p
I cannot believe how ignorant some of you are....RIP Lady T!
I'm still angry about some of the uncalled comments about Ms. Marie. I realized it is a blog, however, some of the comments judging about her race just because of a gift she posessed, were uncalled for. This is one time that I was ashamed to be an American because of those ignorant comments. Anyways, a lot of us are still hurt by her passing and we also hurt for the family, especially her 19-year-old daughter who we need to hold up in our thoughts and prayers.
My deepest heartfelt condolescences to the entire family, loved ones, friends and fans of "Lady T". Alia Rose, I know and feel your loss personally. We loved Lady T, God loved her more. Absent from her body, present with the Lord. Her multi-ethnic talents will live on in our memories and her music. Our Ivory Queen of Soul, Mary Christine Brockert, Lady T. Sings with the Angels and Our Lord now. Lady T, you will be missed, never forgotten. Alia Rose, be encouraged. Your mother will forever be in your heart. My prayers are with you and for you. God's blessing be upon you!
I really enjoyed all of your songs and strong soulful voice. I just saw u!
Teena you will be missed always a fan of yours my cousin loves you more than life he is your #1 fan I had to tell him of your passing it truly hurts us all god bless your daughter and your soul I pray for the ignorance I have read here they are in another type of pain god bless them as well
She and he R I P because they Both gave us ALL the True Meaning of Fire and Desire they Both will be sorely missed Deeply and to the Daughter.....at the END of the day.....we are here for you to urge you on....not sayn it will be easy at ALL because its Not just take it ONE DAY AT A TIME PLEASE. SIGNED: SQUARE BIZ ;-)
Rip you will truly be missed
Never heard of her, but she will be missed. ouch. RIP Dudette.
Also eerie that one of her last tweets on Dec 25..mentioned hoping that she would never die. Dec 25 was also her daughter's birthday. so very sad.
Oh what memories. Thanks for the music Lady T!! RIP
Lady T was Queen of R & B long before Mare J. Blige ever thought of singing. She will truly be missed. Her sound was unmistakable. During the 70s and 80s, she showed many young girls that women could jam bass with the guys. Tina Marie, Sheila E, and Lisa Lisa had "girl power" long before Whitney, Mariah, and many others.
LADY T will be misseed deeply . it feels like someone i no has passed on. may goD bless ur soul baby girl. i will always have tina with me on the road. old school new school. REST IN PEACE TNA MARIE
There will never be another Teena Marie. She was the ultimate singer of all times. I love all her music. She was a great person and had such a beautiful voice. I am listerning to her music and I know she is in heaven jamming with the angels.
May your rest in peace Lady T.
I will always love you and your music.
My heart was made to love off of Teena Marie's music. She is a legend
Teena was a true ARTIST! People who listen and appreciate real music know who she is!! RIP Lady T, I saw her in Hampton VA as well and she killed it!
She was awesome & ALL her songs made u "think"...she will 4ever b missed..."Fire & Desire" sent chills through my spine...I luv u Teena!!!
It is a sad day in music. Tina will be missed, as much as Michael is missed. RIP Tina!
Teena you were a legend and my heart hurts to know that I will never be able to see you live. I missed you at the Compton Golf Course. Heard You did your thang. RIP sunshine.
Teena was and will always be the bomb! I saw her live in Hampton,VA., she was touring with MAZE and Jesse Johnson. As she took the stage there was a problem with the sound system. She asked the crowd to be as quiet as possible and she would sign without the mic until the problem was resolved. She blew us away without the mic. I've never before or since heard such a sweet and powerful voice come from such a small woman. Her skin color means absolutley nothing, she was a gift from GOD as all great artist are. She was also a loving, caring human being, just read the comments from Lenny Kravitz and others. She will be missed, thankfully I own all of her CDs and I will play her music for the rest of my life. Those of you who have made ugly comments are within your rights, and if you feel better after doing so, good for you. Your words are powerless and do not negate the fact that the music world has lost yet another GIANT. RIP Teena. Thank you for all of the great music and memories.
gone but never for – gotten miss you lady-T
IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE PASSION OF LOVE, TEENA MARIE COULD SINGS IT. YOU KNOW OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS NEED TO LEARN THE HISTORY OF OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY WHAT INSPIRED AN ARTIST TO PUT DOWN ON PAPER AND GIVE IT TO THE WORLD THAT WOULD LEAVE A HEARTPRINT! ALSO FOR THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT AND CRUEL-HAVE SHAMEFUL! WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE? NO RESSPECT FOR NO ONE! THERE IS A DAUGHTER WHO JUST LOST HER MOTHER! WHERE IS THE COMPASSION? MAY TEENA MARIE REST IN PEACE,HER MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!! AND TO HER FAMILY,MY CONDELENCES GOES TO YOU!
IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE PASSION OF LOVE, TEENA MARIE COULD SINGS IT. YOU KNOW OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS NEED TO LEARN THE HISTORY OF OUR MUSIC INDUSTRY WHAT INSPIRED AN ARTIST TO PUT DOWN ON PAPER AND GIVEE IT TO THE WORLD THAT WOULD LEAVE AN HEARTPRINT! ALSO FOR THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT AND CRUEL-HAVE SHAMEFUL! WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE? NO RESSPECT FOR NO ONE! THERE IS A DAUGHTER WHO JUST LOST HER MOTHER! WHERE IS THE COMPASSION? MAY TEENA MARIE REST IN PEACE,HER MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!! AND TO HER FAMILY,MY CONDELENCES GOES TO YOU!
Teenamarie a beautiful strong down woman with soul who possesses a unique disposition can't be duplicated
For those who choose now to make a political statement about racism and "IF SOMEBODY WHITE HAD OF SAID," please shut the hell up. Find some place else to be extra sensitive about racist bull. And for those who claim to not know who she was, why are you posting here again? You probably think Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, or Nicki Minaj are REAL talents. I tell you what, read a book and research greatness. Listen to some real music, then pay your proper respect. R.I.P Ms. Teena. You are already missed...
I loved Square Biz that was my jam! Lady T u will be missed but u will always live in your music. To those that hate on others for no reason I feel really sorry for u and hope that u can find peace.
Teena Marie? At age 54? The day after Christmas? This is such a tough pill to swallow. For those of you who are spending your music money on Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, let me politely suggest that you listen to everything the late great Teena Marie ever recorded with that magnificent, soulful voice of hers, and learn from a true diva. She didn’t have gimmicks. She didnt have a voice which should only be heard in a studio. She had a big, brassy, brazen instrument which could also purr as softly and sweetly as a kitten. She will long be remembered and revered in the pantheon of great soul singers. And, as one of my absolute favorite singers, I now mourn her loss. I send my condolences to her daughter, Alia Rose, to her extended family, and to her many musical collaborators. I am grateful that she left such a tremendous legacy to American, and especially, to African American music. Go sing with the angels, dear Teena Marie. You have earned your sweet rest.
Lady T GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL!!!! I LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC WHEN I FEELING DOWN.BUT ON THE GOOD NOTE YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER MUCH LOVE CALI!!!!!!!!!!!!
Truly shocking never heard another who could do quite what she has hope she sees yea I said it but you were thinking it
I remember going to a Teena Marie concert when I was 19 years old and she sang her damn ass off. She and Rick James will be making beautiful music once again. May she RIP. We have lost another superstar. My condolences to her daughter.
CAN U BELIVE GOD HAS ALL THOSE? ANGLE UP THERE PARTYING WITH HIM SUCH AS GERALD LEVERT TEDDY P JAMES BROWN MJ AND THE REST MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE FALLING ANGLE.
There will never be another Lady T! My heart aches so right now! :-( :-( :-(
Thank you Teena for the years of soulful, heartfelt, moving and some of the most insperational touching music I have ever heard and felt! It is tough losing you this way..so young and unexpected. But I know God loves you more than we do, and he must have some singing in Heaven for you to do.
You will live on in my heart and spirit "4 sure, 4 sure!
Dam! This is the person a had one of the biggest crushes on in high school, I never met her, but her music made me love her as if I had met her
I'm so sad to here Lady T is no longer with us. I always sing along to anyone of her songs that come on the radio. All the duets with Rick touched me. I loved out on a limb! May God bring all the comfort that her family is in need of right now in the mighty name of Jesus!
Bill B...I hope that your death is slow and painful, jerk!
She banged a mean bass guitar. For a woman? Heck yes.
Listen Rev, everyone knows death is guaranteed, but fans as well as familyare shocked because of its sudden arrival. How about you show a little compassion, or does the bible you preach from not speak on that?
I am truely hurt 2 learn that Teena Marie has left this place, eventhough she's moved on to a better one. I have been able to relate to her & Rick James song "Fire & Desire" like no other. Alot of her songs has touched my heart as a child, much more an adult. Thanx 4 the power of voice Teena. God bless her family.
Tina was an amazing singer. As a child I remember hearing "Out on a Limb" and the song always stuck with me. They say the greatest pass first. I will never forget you Tina. You will forever be in our hearts. My prayers go out to her family.
Why does it say fans shocked? Isn't death guarenteed?
Of Course it is...but when my very own pastor died...I was SHOCKED and DISMAYED...death is inevitable, but who's looking forward to it.
May God b pleased & grant Lady T peace. grateful 2 have seen her live @ wingate park, brooklyn summer of `09. love & respect to her family.
When God made Teena he made greatness, true talent, no nonsense, she stood still and still moved many. Teena you will be missed. prayers go out to your family.
TEENA Marie's soulful and angelic voice &legacy will forever live on in her fans & the people she loved and those who loved her,including her fans of so many years like myself.She helped alot of people who were down and out & needed a friend.Pray comfort for her family. She is truly an angel now. Sleep well Mija. You are forever in our hearts..
I am in absolute shock to hear of my favorite artist passing. I fell in love with Teena's voice from the first moment I listen to her duet with Rick James back in 1979. I've seen her concerts and most of all, I had the honor of meeting Teena Marie during a free concert she performed at Lemert Park out in Los Angeles. She will forever be my " Lover Girl ".....Rest In Peace Teena – Corona, Ca
Teena Marie will always be a Sista in our Eyes. And May her Soul Rest In Peace with her best Friend Forever Rick James. I will always Love Fire & Desire. I made my Children off that Song Many peple people will say that Luther & Teddy P. many chidlren were made. off there Music and so many other's. But I love me some Teena Marie and never got a chance too see her in Concert except on BET when she and Brotha Rick sang Fire & Desire on more time before he passed away...And that wa a true Blessings too all there FANS WE LOVED YOU TEE...
Only a fan but I feel like I know Teena Marie...Her songs expressed deeply how beautiful and painful love can be but mostly beautiful and the beauty of inside of her...It brings tears to my eyes...I Love You Mary Brockert...always and forever...
I grew up to square biz back in brooklyn....man, she could sing. all those songs in some way or another touch and you remember no matter where you are in life. I live in Denver now, but anytime I hear square biz, I'm back in NY for that moment looking out my window saying "that's my car"...lol. God bless
Its too bad that people post ugly things. They are not happy with themselves (probably sow's and no one to love) so they lash out! "If anger is your friend, don't you know when you die you'll come back again"... (Singing in Teena's voice)
WHERE DO U BEGIN WITH THE SUPERLITIVES FOR THIS DIMUNITIVE WONDER WITH THE OH SO BIG VOICE.My favorite song of hers was fire and desire which helped me in getting laid.square biz got me on the floor to danceand the portugese love song for lovers of the past.Tina u made my youth light and fun-will miss u.
Im really sad because mj,marvin gaye and now her. man whats going on here this world dosent respect talent.
Teena was an icon. She was definitely one of the greatest voices in R and B music... She will truly be missed.
I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I lived through that era and I have, other than her name, no memory of her all at all. Sorry so many seem distraught over her death though.
A 54 year old overweight woman (who was also a heavy boozer) doesn't shock me. What shocks me is when a 20 year odl something, in seemingly good health suddenly drops dead.
Luv & will miss you forever! Ooo La La we are having a tribute to Teena Marie in Orange County California on thursday the 30th of December 2010 at Tarascos in Fullerton California hosted by DJ Eddie Maestas. Be there or be Out On A Limb!
We LOVE YOU LADY T!!! My heart fell when hearing she left US! Voice of Angel!!.
I will always embrace her music, voice and spirit...RIP!!!
we will miss u tina
A major player in the R& B world. Help to provide the R&B soundtrack a generation, from the late 70s to the early 90s. God Bless Teena Marie
I was a big fan of MS Tina Marie she will be greatly be missed.
The world will miss you. Your music will live forever. classy Lady. Rest in Peace.
I can't believe all of the stupid & disrespectful comments on here about a beautiful & talented singer. Leave the space for us(her fans) to express our feelings about Teena Marie. It's real easy, if you somehow lived in the sticks & didnt know who or what she stood for then don't comment.
My nanna loved Teena Marie she was shocked wenx she?found out she wasz gonex..
Teena Marie will be sorely missed. I can`t believe this happened. I loved all of her songs. May Teena Marie rest in heaven.
I just read on another site where this lovely person had quit taking her seizure meds in favor of herbal remedies (she had epilepsy). The newer anti-seizure meds are life-saving, I don't know why she would stop taking them when death is the alternative. RIP.
R.i.p lady t.
Teena Marie spawned a generation of Artists that truly LOVE MUSIC. She is missed greatly and it is very sad to have lost another legend...God bless her family and her fans, and through Artists like myself, she will live forever. Keep your Irons in the Fire. Xoxo Pony
@ Trew–For your information, she was not a one-hit wonder. She made a total of 16 albums, Secondly, she also made history too by changing the way musical acts can go anywhere they want to. That was called "The Brocklington Law" in the state of California. And then I cannot believe some of the ignorant, uncalled for comment from trollers. I betcha if Miley or Ga Ga or even Demi Lovato die, you people who hate this woman will want sympanthy, Anyways, this woman was a musical icon and she changed the way music is played. She influenced a lot of artists, whether they are black, white or hispanic. She will be definally missed in this industry, Keep her daughter in your prayers because her family is hurting right now.
All the singers who sang about real life and love r leaveing us love yall and will miss yall xo xo xo!!!
Why do god take the blessed people instead of the devlish people R.I.P Teena we'll miss you truly hope you enjoy heaven as it is
I remember teena marie's debut on american bandstand. Her nose ring inspired me to pierce my nose as well. My mom wanted to kill me. But I will miss her greatly.
Grew up on her music just love her style and soul is not all about what her faults were we all have our own addictions he who have no sin cast the first stone. RIP teena.
TEENA MARIE WAS LIKE A MOTHER FIGURE TO ME I GREW UP LISTENING TO ALL OF HER MUSIC I WILL BREAK MY NECK TO MAKE IT TO ALL OF CONCERTS INCHICAGO AND WILL BE POSTED UP IN THE FRONT ROW SHE WAS A LEGEND IN MY HEART AND SHE WILL BE TRUEL MISS VERY MUCH I LUVED TEENA SHE IS THE LADY SOUL THERE WILL NOT BE NO ONE LIKE HER AND SHE IS IN HEAVEN SINGING LIKE THE ANGELSHE IS TEARZ,TEARZ MAY GOD BLESS HER FAMILY AND FRIENDSAND FANS TEENA YOUR MEMORIES AND SONGS WILL LIVE ON LOVE YOU TEENA YOURS BIGGEST FAN
You know, crazy, I never knew all this time that she was white. I just loved her voice and phenomenal talent and never bothered to ask. Color doesn't mean a thing to me, although I'm black, but there are certain soulful phrasings you can hear from most black r&b singers that many other people aren't used to duplicating. Teena however was just IT when it came to the total package.
Anyone want to to learn what it means to be an artist, let Ms. T take you to school! No auto-tune, no computer, no overdub after overdub in the studio, no lip-syncing. She was what it is all about when it comes to being the ultimate musician. If the music industry had continued to release talent by her standard, you would have good music around, instead of Lil Wayne, T-Pain garbage considered as singing.
I can recall hearing a track by Teena Marie and wondering to myself who was this new black artist bringing it like that. I was totally shocked to find out that this black artist was actually white. Regardless of her colour i liked the product and thus became a fan of ours. I would only hope that all music award show acknowledge Teena for her body of work. In fact just honour her so that today's artist can see (and the bliind clueless fans) can see a real musician/singer/etc.and to answer those who asked the question why they have not heard of her till now ...beside the fact that u have been sleeping under a rock ...the music industry today does not cater for true artist (with musical talent) they are more focused on marketability (ie britiny spears). RIP Teena Marie ...ivory soul sista #1.
Teenage Marie was an wonderful artist her and Rick James will be true missed.
I hurts 2 see the hurtful comments on this page about a woman who meant so much 2 so many people thru her music!tell you what......do what she did bicthes and then make some REAL STATEMENTS. HATERS......RIP MAMA!
She will be missed... even the younger generation who don't know her music should check her out... they should also know that the Missy rap from Ciara's "1 2 Step" was lifted almost entirely from Teena's "Square Biz." She was talented and loved by other artists and music lovers alike. Thank you for the music, Teena. R.I.P.
Rick got his baby back we love ya'll SICKRICK and Lady T. 4ever and it don't STOP
Shes was so brilliant and beautiful it breaks my heart to here that she passed know she may sing in heaven
RIP...Gone way too soon..you were needed somewhere else than this world
FINALLY! I can Rest in Peace (RIP) - no more of this crappy music from a one hit wonder.
Sow down! NEXT....!!!
I'm sorry - WHY would her death shock anyone? If you live a lifestyle of abusing perscription medication, porking on weight, and never exercising.....I'm sorry, why am I supposed to be surprised? Remind me.
Everyone dies, at some point, or another. And, what does race have to do with anything? Last time, I checked, we all die, black, white, no matter our socioeconomic status, famous or not. What is all the shock about? We must all walk this path – let the woman rest.
So sad. I'll never forget the first time I heard Lady T and then saw her on Soul Train with Rick. My favorite album Ivory just blew me away. This little soulful bird rocked the core of my being with her poetry. Every word she sang seemed to come from deep in her heart and moved me to tears. "if I were a Bell", Cassanova Brown, and on and on. I still play her music today and count myself lucky to have seen her in concert recently at BB KIng's in NYC. The voice of an angel and the soul of a true poet. My heart goes out to her beautiful daughter, family and dear friends.
Never heard of her. Definitley not a household name.
Unfortunately that's what's happened to REAL talent. No one gets to hear about them anymore because it's soo much easier to manufacture garbage of an artist, and then fix the rest in the computer before being mastered to an album. Al a, 90% of the artists out since 2000 til today. Not a household name? Well maybe not now, although at her time she most certainly was.
Besides, I take that as a grain of salt, because truthfully, up to a certain point in time, Michael Jackson was no longer a household name in the USA. It's a shame people don't recognize and appreciate true talent until they pass away.
U will be miss Teen marie u r creative person in the music biz. Your soul is going to a great place is home wit GOD so she gonna be ok. we r celeabrate life; god bless her daughter and family one love baby.
I will miss u Teena Marie the last time i saw u was Years Eve @ the Fox in Detroit that was a great show took me back to the good old days. Thank! R.I.P
WHY ARE YOU ALL ARGUING AND BEING STUPID? Somebody died and you all are arguing about white people that sound black and who has soul and who doesn't? DANG CAN Y'ALL SHOW SOME RESPECT REAL Soul comes from the heart and not from you're voice and that is what Teena Marie had... R.I.P Teena you will be missed.
Rumor has it it was the same people that are after those poor Quaids!!
Alot of you ppl on here disrespecting her and her family are just STUPID IDIOTS...she IS a legend and will always be one..i grew up listening to her i know all her song. im soooooo sad..
We will always love u Teena may u RIP and be with the heavenly Father in Heaven. We will miss u truly; amazing vocals and gr8 talent and your family will be in my prayers <3
She will be sadly missed.
Im from Venice California my parents went to Venice High were Teena Went and I still don't belive it's true my condolences to the family she will always be loved by me my kids and forever more Amora Lady T
An insperation to the music industry! A history maker in her on way. A pour talented women, who changed the way we veiw music today! God Bless her and her family.
Teena will truley be missed. i love her and my mom is so sad. teena was her favorite singer...i love u
My tribute to Lady T...singing all her song throughout this week. No, I cannot sing. Not even a little bit. But its coming from the heart. I will sing her straight to heaven! R.I.P Lady T. We will miss you. Say hello to Slick Rick.
Oh I remember Her all right ! RIP Lovergirl !!
Before Whitney and Mariah...there was Teena. She and Rick came to Philly in 1980 with the Mary Jane concert...that was my first concert that I bought a ticket for. THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE LOSS. I AM FOREVER CHANGED...I PRAY THAT HER DAUGHTER HAS THE PEACE OF GOD BESTOWED UPON HER...GOD BLESS TEENA AND HER FAMILY'S SOULS.
I will NEVER forget the MOMENT I heard that VOICE.... It was 1979, I was on the USS Midway, floating around in the IO (Indian Ocean) walking on the hanger deck, this guy Armstrong says," listen to this song". At the first note, I was SPRUNG...!!! "Déjà Vu (I've Been Here Before)" ..... Black, white, green or blue.... The Ivory Queen of Soul could move the SOUL & SANG....!!!!
Forever & a day.....
That's what real singer's do. They take you to another realm emotionally. Todays (so-called) talent, not so much.
my prayers goes out to the family. she will be miss
i love her music rest in peace
philly loved Lady Tee, when ever she performed,fans came out, by the thousands , philly will never ever forget her and her beauiful soul. RIP, Lady Tee!!
How can CNN not mention Rick James when talking about TM?
To Mary Brockett's daughter: may you have peace in knowing how many peoples hearts your mother touched with her music and her voice and its not for us to understand why God takes the the ones we love.... your mom was so loved and admired..see you in heaven one day Lady T;)
My prayers got out to her daughter in lost of a great singer. I grow up listing to her songs. she was a great R&B singer the world love an will be miss.
Natural causes? She was a prescription drug junkie!
FYI: Teena never took prescription meds until last month after her seizure. She was a very health conscious person who didn't even drink alcohol! She only believed in holistic & homeo-pathic treatments which is one reason why she stopped taking her prescribed seizure meds recently so please squash all ignorant rumors that suggest otherwise. Please consider that her teenaged daughter my be reading these comments so have a heart people!!
NOT NECESSARY( JUST SAD)
She will be missed but her music will continue on...i remember listening to her in middle school and high school mostly...seen her in concert and it was awesome....her and Rick james will now continuue to make music in heaven....i believe she was a true Diva!
Teena was truly a legend and will be missed. There was and never will be a voice like hers. Period.
diane if you never heard of Teena Marie......why are you making comments?And Rick james was not a jerk!Get to know someone before you speak about them.
I don't usually say anything when a singer dies, but shell be missed. I thought she was great. I grew up a white kid in the country. So I think everyone loved her. I didn't even know she was white or anything about her and don't think I really cared, she just had a great voice. That is kind of cool she crossed cultural boundaries like she did though. Her songs were part of my childhood. For me it was Teena Marie, Lisa Lisa, and Sheena Easton. I regret not seeing her last summer when I had a chance to see her, thinking I could see her next year. Anyway I'm very sorry for her kids. I don't think the 80s would have been the same without her. From what I've been reading she sounds like she was a nice person on top of it.
I'am so heartbroken; I want to cry, but the tears won't come. I feel like a favorite distant cousin has died. Teena was my "Girl". I have lover her and her music since I was a child. I still remember going to my first concert at the Seanger Theater; I was only 15. My Mom let me go by myself (dropped me off and picked me up right at the curb). She knew I loved Lady T that much. Thank You, Mom. I will cherish every song and every concert I have attended. My prayers and thoughts go out to her daughter. Having lost my Mom in '08, I know how you feel and what you are going through. Stay strong and know that your Mother is loved and always will be.
i don't understand the ignorant responses from people who don't know who she is! why are you posting comments for someone you don't know or did nothing wrong to you. and for those who does know who she is but don't have anything nice to say, she didn't do anything wrong to you either. since your mothers didn't teach you anything, im going to tell you something my mother said to me, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything! do you see people posting rude and disrespectful remarks in the obituary? and you don't know everyone listed, why, because everybody don't know everybody. we don't know who any of you's are but just from your comments... well lets just say none of us is promised tomorrow and if it is your last day, i would be curious to see the comments people post, if any! with that said, i also grew up with her music and love her songs and me, my sister and a bunch of us used to do a drill team step off her song, "Square Biz"! you'll be greatly missed, we love you Lady T!
The reason we persist is we don't understand why our simple comments of "Never heard of her" has been flagged and removed. We do not understand why saying "never heard of her even though we adored Aretha, Lionel Ritchie, MJ or Little Richard" offends anyone. We persist because we do not understand why it is offensive to express we had never heard of her until yesterday.
I wish to further express that those of you that flag us off are probably celebrities yourselves by throwing your weight around getting our "never heard of her" comments removed.
If that is such a case, you, being celebrity value fame and being well-known and that any comments that dilute the fame of a person would devalue that person. Being famous and well-known you have a skewed understanding of fame and that all your lives you could only understand that being not famous is a sin. Fame is all you value.
Fans? You are joking, right?
amazing that on a post where the majority recognizes a legend and offers prayer, support and sympathy...the idiots try and hi-jack the commenting. Ok, so you've never heard of Teena Marie, is that an excuse to be display your ignorance? Teena Marie was a triple threat, writer, composer and singer. She did this in a time when (women regardless of color) weren't doing that and she was soul/r&b. The fact that she was white and broke in on soul (instead of backing in by singing rock/pop) and switching over...was admired. Black audiences have always accepted true talent in soul/r&b regardless of color. It hasn't always worked the other way around, ask Charlie Pride.
Teena Marie was a super talent! Perfect pitch, awesome singer, writer and performer. Saw her many times and she could still sing. She ranks amongst the best R&B vocalists of all time. So sad she is gone. Love and blessings to her family!
Comments posted reflect more about the person making the comment than on the subject matter (Lady T) in this case.
Just because you have not heard of her does not mean that she has not influenced many of the top musicians of today and brought untold millions of people on this planet pure joy and a real connection to the music that is the god force manifested.
Teena Marie was fearless in her channeling of the love in her music. She was courageous. Her voice will always shine
wherever and whenever it is played. And it will be played, echoing her beauty for years to come. RIP Lady T
R.I.P TEENA YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. ALOT OF DJ's AND PEOPLE SLEPT ON YOU. MUSIC HAS NO COLOUR, ITS THERE TO LISTEN AND ENJOY. IT'S SAD THAT TEENA HAD TO HIDE BEHIND AN ALBUM COVER JUST TO GET AIR PLAY. BECAUSE OF WHAT THE LISTNERS WOULD HEAR THE SOULFULLNESS OF AN ARTIST THAT IS NOT FROM BLACK AMERICAN CULTURE? I LOVED HER MUSIC FROM THE FIRST TIME I HEARD HER VOICE. IT WASN'T ABOUT COLOUR. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY, HER DAUGHTER ESPECIALLY. LOVE AND MISS YOU.
May Teena Marie rest in peace. The music world lost a true giant. She can "sang" her heart out. Thank you Teena Marie for your music.
So glad he didn't mispell the name with an R between the T and the H.
This is so tragic to hear. I will truly miss her & her music. God bless your family. Tina was off da hook.
Tina marie was one the influential singers in the world she is one of the reasons why i sing today she was my idol she showed the world that her gift did not have a colorline she will be well missed....
To Gale, apparently you know not a thing about music nor legends; for if you did, you would have never made yourself look so ignorant and straight ghetto! To Duece...hopefully, three minutes ago, you actually learned something! Evel, that is exactly all that you are...EVIL. Lastly, to Diane, you like Gale, apparently have no taste, no ethics, no morals, and know not a thing about music...my advice...SHUT UP!!
Me Me Me, its not racist YOU YOUNG'UN; its called "blue-eyed soul." That's when white folks have soulful voices. Like Boz Scaggs, Hall & Oates, KC and the Sunshine Band, hell even that dude who sang Never Gonna Give You Up. I thought he was a brotha! Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone got it, too. Black folks didn't know these folks where white until they went on SOUL TRAIN. And FYI, a white person in a black person's body is called an OREO. lol Just givin you some edumacation. :P
To. sisxswt Thank you for tellin the folks who dnt no the history which she has openly stated to the public also on he bio on ONETV. something like that. she Teena Marie was the one who said that about herself...plz really dnt no how to give the props up to people who do good they always look for the bad instead of the positive.
I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Lady T. We have lost such a talented and wonderful person who will be remembered not only for her talent, but as a very special person.Thank you so much.
My most heartfelt condolences to Teena Marie's Family and loved ones.May God Bless and take care you always. R.I.P Teena , In our family your memory will live forever. Que Dios Te Bendiga.
This was a tough day, learning Lady-T had passed on. Few folks know that she wrote, arranged, produced, played half-a-dozen instruments, had 8 albums, and 5 Octaves. Please go to itunes and listen to Teena Marie! You will be asking yourself how you could have ever not been intimately acquainted with her phenomenal body of work and talent.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO LADY T DAUGHTER & FAMILY. MY FAVORITE SONGS BY LADY T WERE SQUARE BIZ & FIRE & DESIRE. THE PEARLY GATES ARE OPEN FOR U TO ENTER & WHEN U GO IN RICK JAMES IS GONNA TAKE U BY THE HAND & SAY WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN
PEOPLE PLEASE STOP WITH RACIST COMMENTS THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE IT'S ABOUT A WONDERFUL LADY WHO COULD SANG HER BUTT OFF AND MOST PEOPLE LIKE ME FELL IN LOVE WITH. BUT SHE PASS'D LETS KEEP THE PEACE PEOPLE. REMEBER WE ARE ALL ONE LOOK YOUR HISTORY UP NOT JUST WHAT YOU WERE TOUGHT FROM A CHILD.
PREACH! SHE WAS LOVED BY ALL!
Hey, CoCo don't waste your time with jerks like (derp) ignorance is bliss. He is a boy who still having some growing up to do may the lord bless him and keep him.
A. Aretha Franklin is known as the QUEEN OF SOUL. Teena was referred to as the queen of R&B. Big difference. B. Well known medical history: She suffered from Grand Mal seizures. She WAS taking medication that made her feel suicidal. She took herself of the medication years ago. C. Cathy Hughes basically only repeated something Teena HERSELF said in an Essence magazine interview LAST YEAR. Teena referred to herself as a black voice trapped in a white body.
No, Amy she is no Amy Winehouse are U? Hmmmm!!
Amen!! You are right some folks are just ignorant how sad!!!
I didnt know her but R.I.P. ladyT...may dah grace of GOD bet wit ur daughter and family
Teena Marie we love u
Girl!!!! R.I.P we gonna miss u. And love u're music. Young love, out of limb, fire and desire, we missed u and May God Strengthen u're daughter and family.
God bless u're family
Be blessed. Rest In Peace Teena Marie.
You're ignorant and u has no compassion. No, she ain't no Amy Whinehouse she was better!! Good day darlin..
Lashag,you are ignorant. Go fly a kite.
I will miss Teena Marie for the rest of my life.. The way she sang just touched you deep down in your soul. That can never be duplicated. It hurts real bad now and all I want to do is listen to her music. Rest in Peace Teena Marie. GOD bless her family and her fans!
so sad....the ivory queen of soul..!!
Her nickname was the Ivory Queen of Soul! If u were a true fan u would know that. All u folks r so eager to call someone racist! SMDH!
The Ivory Queen of Soul was self proclaimed by Teena so I guess she was rascist against umm let's see...herself?
She also said that she was a black woman with white skin. She said that about herself.
It's amazing how hard up people are to use the "reverse racism" crap these days.
Omg! i cant believe that teena marie has died. i send my respects out to her family
luv u tina marie u was the best I'm so glad I had 1 last chance 2c u @ da dell east n philly wherever u was n philly I was there I'm so so sad rip babygirl u did the dam thing I just hate I'm not goin 2c u next year @ the delleast blessing 2 ur family
Baby Ms.Teena when I tell u my mama really thought she was u it was a shame she really love u since I was little u r all she listened 2 but you are in a better place and your talent affected the world you are a beautiful woman wit a beautiful voice and I hope your daughter carry on your legacy my mom loves u and may you rest in paradise
I absolutely cannot believe that she was 54! 44 would have been my guess. And I'm also really surprised that there is so much adoration given to her now. I'm not saying it's undeserved, I just didn't know she had such a following. I remember when Lovergirl came out and I thought she was a one-hit wonder, like all those other teeny-boppers at the time. I guess my impression of her being a loser were wrong and I take the hit.
Actually she had hits before "Lovergirl". Can you remember "I'm Just a Sucker For Your Love"? Everytime I hear that one it makes me want to lace up my roller skates! She'll be missed.
You've obviously been asleep for thrity years.
In the last 7 years alone (while YOU were sleeping of course)...this woman put out three complete CD's......
The first time I heard of this woman was about...
Three minutes ago.
Oh wow its a sad day when the great's pass on....Luther,Teena....so sad...Rest in Peace!!
She was my favorite all time female vocalist from my younger days. I could express all my feelings through one of her songs. It is a shame the mainstream world is wondering who she was but she will live on with all of us who loved her!!!!
U showed the world that white girls have soul. close your eyes hear one of her songs and she will not only touch your soul but she will also touch your heart. u will be missed R.I.P.
This one really hurts. When a singer (entertainer) dies they are missed. But when an artist dies it HURTS.
Her songs, their words, their message are a part of me. I felt and loved song she shared.
May those who were lucky enough to know her and love her find comfort in her memory.
My thoughts exactly.
Don't know who she is but RIP lady and sing with the angels!
Teena Marie, aka Lady T, was one of the reasons why the music of the mid/late 1970s tot he early/mid 1980s (roughly 1972-1988 give or take a few years) was arguably the greatest influence on pop and urban music and culture in general. It definitely provided the foundation for today's urban and pop formats, especially hip hop. I actually like a lot of today's music, and create music as a hobby in my spare time, so I'm not biased when I say this. RIP, Lady T...and Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Rick James, Phelps Catfish Collins (guitarist for James Brown and Parliament/Bootsy Collins), Lena Horne, Harvey Fuqua of Motown fame, Blues legend Solomon Burke, Ron Banks, singer and founder of Detroit R&B/ soul act The Dramatics, and others I can't recall at the moment but are never forgotten.
p.s. Along with other R&B/Soul and Hip Hop legends, her music helped bridge the gap between the Disco of the 1970s, which people were trying to kill at the time, and the R&B music we know today. Also, the hottest night clubs owe a lot to her music as 'Square Biz' and 'Lover Girl' had them all on lock at the time. I can still remember all the summer parties and fun times that her music brings up.
R.i.p. Lady t ms tina marie you are with rick james now and in hevean with god now the two of you could make beautiful music in heaven my prayers go out to all who knew loved and still love her and to her daughter who is soo brave remember god does'nt make mistakes and she is an angel watching and gaurding over you her music and memories will always keep lady t alive god bless.
SHE WAS A TRUE INSPIRATION I LOVED HER MUSIC HER SONGS WITHE THE LATE RICK JAMES MAY THEY SING 2GETHER N HEAVEN AGAIN TO HER FAMILY KEEP UR HEAD UP AND SORRY 4 YOUR LOSE MAY GOD BLESS U ALL
If you believe in the concept of heaven and hell, there's no way in the world you can truly believe Rick James is in heaven.
Never heard of her. Wow, for a music legend I would have thought I would have at least heard the name.
Those of us who lived around the world in the early 1980s' know how great she was. I first heard rap music in from the songs of Teena Marie, The Sugar Hill Gang group and Blondie. This was long before Run DMC came out with their music. Many nights in the 1980s' I got down on the dance floor to her music. She was a legend. A true R & B legend.
People who know something about music know of her, and that's what counts.
You don't get out much do ya?
To Gale, apparently you know not a thing about music nor legends; for if you did, you would have never made yourself look so ignorant and straight ghetto! To Duece...hopefully, three minutes ago, you actually learned something! Evel, that is exactly all that you are...EVIL. Lastly, to Diane, you like ale apparently have no taste, no ethics, no morals, and no not a thing about music...my advice...SHUT UP!!
So who made you the end all the be all? She's was more than legendary she was MUSIC, sang, wrote and played.
So what if YOU'VE never heard of her...We've never heard of you...so proof go listen to that crap you call music and sit down because Vanilla CHILE was more than you could even comprehend.
@Gale: Your post just shows how ignorant U R.
i never really listened to tenna marie but on the bet awards she sounded just like her music on the raidio and thats wat i like
R.I.P. QUEEN TEENA
Teena Marie, Blondie and the Sugar Hill Gang introduced the world to rap music in the late 1970s'
R.I.P. Teena Marie.
Back in the early 80's I was listening to some black music, bands like Cameo, and I remember hearing rap for the very first time and it was a woman. It was way before Blondie. I remember thinking it was terrible! Haha! It was probably Teena Marie and I never knew it.
Teena, my sister played your music. I fell love in with your voice. I will miss you so much. RIP Please people. If you haven"t heard her voice go out and get her music. You will fall in love with it.
Will miss you tina and your great music now you and rick can sing together once again! Praying for family.
I have absolutely no idea who she was, but clearly had a large fanbase. May she rest in peace, and her music resonates with future generations
Why is this doink whispering???
I'm sad and hurt MS. Teena Marie is gone but she will never be 4gotten my favorite song by her is De ja Vue. She was and still is the bomb R.I.P Ms.Teena Marie u will be missed love u girl
Rip we will miss u dearly
I loved "Lovergirl" from 1985. That song was pretty catchy.
I just would like to say..even though I am a young female I have loved Teena Marie music songs and so on. I heard yesterday and i was blown out the way i really loved Fire and Desire if u knew the history behind that song the Chemistry Rick James and Teena had the fighting through that song it was just love....shm still cant believe it.
I was oh so shocked at this news! I grow up listening to Teena Marie, this was a hurtful lose. She was one of the most watched. She was loving..she put all her heart and soul to her music. There will never be another Teena! Mrs. Marie R.I.P.#iRegret'Portugese Love|<.33|
R.I.P. Ms. TEENA MARIE!!!!!! There will never be another singer/performer like you. My heart goes out to her daughter who she recorded a song about and with. You could tell she was a very caring person. Im blasting her music in my car now. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!
The happiness your music brought me & millions of others can't be expressed in words.
TEENA MARIE WE LUV U,WE GONNA MISS U BUT UR MUSIC IS GONNA LIVE ON 4 EVER. – LUV BABY BLU
Ooo La La La, it's the way that you feel when you know love is real...................going to miss you Lady T!
I saw her in concert in the 1990's and have never witnessed an artist perform for 2 hours straight, with no breaks and not even 1 note off key! Teena was an icon to Black and White, as she crossed all racial barriers! God be with her family! We will miss you Lady T!!!
I'll WILL MISS MS. TEENA MARIE...hey derp how'd u know how much she weighed??
I was shocked when I read the report on last night about her death. Just a couple of weeks ago my girls and I were dancing around to Square Biz with my oldest asking mommy who is this, she jammin.
RIP TEENA.. GONE BUT NEVA 4GOTTEN.
Derp just shows what an ignorant moron sounds like. You can work out, eat right and due to genetics or just bad luck have a stroke or a brain anuerysm.
Derp, you are an idiot shut up, you don't know what you are talking about.
RIP Lady T. Thank you for all the music.
This Derpy person, wha tha? I saw Lady T this past summer at the Nokia in LA and not only was she not 250lbs, or even fat. But boy could she blow. The audience was so mesermized they didn't know whether to cheer or sit in awe. This young 54 year old was simply BAD and she will be missed.
Gotta go now, because Lady T's music just came on in our house where we miss her already.
RIP Teena!!! I pray your soul is at peace now.
RIP Teena Marie.
The 80s just weren't the 80s without Teena Marie. She was truly an icon that can never, ever be replaced. Her voice inspired a generation. You will be greatly missed, Teena.
She will most likely be remembered by young people through the videogame GTA Vice City. (Behind The Groove) Nice song to cruise in a car with.
Truly, truly heart breaking. God Bless you, Teena.
I was so shocked to hear of her passing! She was my all time favorite singer! I'm so heartbroken! Love and respect to her daughter, your mother was very talented and there are so many memories I have of listening to her music as I was growing up and now that I am an adult her music is very much apart of my musiccollection.
Well said Gina! I feel the same exact way!!!! I am just so saddened to hear this news.......been sad since last night!
I truly feel naked to the world, like many posted ahead of me am heart
broken, whats a girl to do with no more new Teena music. god it hurts
Teena Marie blazed so many trails for artists. I love all of her songs and the realness that she conveyed in her writing and during interviews. God Bless her and her family!
Oh, derp you're a twerp!
Extremely sad when I heard about this story! REAL talent gone too soon....
RIP Teena Marie, you will truly be missed... My mother and I was looking forward to your March 5th Vegas performance!!!
I was headed to vegas the 5th. I'll give any thing to hear her sing just one more song (any song). I'm missing all those who went before her, espceially, Michael J., Left eye, and Allayah.
"Coffee, Tea, or me baby tuchae' olay, My opening line might be a bit fancy". Yeah nobody could do it like you Teena, im thankful you left us jewels that will forever remind us of you. RIP! Much love
my opening line might be a bit PASSE.
Tahajnay should be ashamed! How dare u?!!! You have no class! Clearly, u were raised in a pig sty! Be careful what u say! Karma is a real #*!!!
U know it's not about that this lady is gone just leave your comment about her because this is who its about everybody have their thoughts lets just let this be about Teena Marie not u me or whoevee
She will always be my "lovergirl". RIP T.
Teena was a legend there will never be any one even familiar to Teena I truly love and will miss her. Believe it or not I have been a fan since the age of 8, I can remember sneaking out of bed at night and putting on those big had phones and listening to her music. That was 31yrs ago. And the funy part about it is I realy understood he music at that young age. I said all my life I want to see Teena live and just this year in Rochester I got that chance. I am so grateful for that. There will be no other. love you Teena
Death is certain, life is not so make the most of it while we are tangible, right? and she did. Looks to be she was very loved and respected which is more to be said than the future epitaph of any idiot commentators on this blog.
I cant believe shes gone. She was 1 of the most talented singers of her time. Out on a limb will 4ever be my all time favorate Lady T song. She will be greatly missed
l put her up there with michael jackson as far as her singing and lyrics are concerned. she will b sadly missed by me. i grew up with her. she's my idol. i love her dearly and im going to miss her. my prayers are with the family.
This goes a bit far.
Nicole, she was good but ummm... are you crazy? Michael Jackson is totally in a league of his own
All the world's a stage,as it is said,and we're all merely it's players.I think Teena Marie was one of the greatest players in my lifetime. When she sang, those chords she struck touched the very core of my soul, with " I'm just a sucker for your love" to "De javue" to "Out on a limb" to "Young Love" and so on! She was a soldier in the army of the Lord. And even though she'll be missed very deeply, we must keep in mind that The Lord don't just call the bad, he wants the good as well.So even though you departed this life,I know that the music in heaven will sound that much sweeter! So you go on dear Shooting Star and R.I.P Amen.
You are clearly a fool.
You clearly grew up in a dysfunctional home to criticize someone for expressing their feelings for an icon. Grow the hell up.
@Nathan: your as much of a fruitcake as Robert is. It concerns me deeply that people like you inhabit our planet!
Even when she finally made her debut, I was astonished by her vocal lyrics and ethnicticity. No matter what her background or skin color was, she was the 'diva' when she stepped into the seen of. Even though she has departed from us, I will always be sing in the shower, in the car,in the grocery store, or at work, in honor of "LADY T". Nobody can never sing it the way she did.. she will be truly missed, but hey, her spirit lives with me until.....
Thank you Nina, Skin color has nothing to do with her talent, let's leave the color labels off and just agree that her talent take second to nobody. Lady T thank you for being you and giving the world your gift and love of music!
Some on this site need to close their eyes and just feel what she is about!
Teena your steps were ordered and you walked them the best you could now your wing are in place for you to soar into the heavens!
Tenna Marie you will be dearly missed you were a wonderful song artist your songs where very beautiful and heart felt you will never be forgotten you are a legend I as your fan greatfully Thanks you for everything Rest In Peace and sing for the angels
She had the "IT" factor - brought much joy to many through her soulful music. R.I.P.
A poet, great musician and a great influence in my life. You were young and you were old, rich and poor, you will be on this earth many times as before. Through your music, family and friends. Te quiero Teena!
My heart aches for her daughter and her family. I can't begin to describe how much Lady T's music has been a part of my life. The depth of her lyrics and the display of her soul that she shared with us. For those of us that loved her- we really loved her and seemed to "get it". Rest in Peace Lady T. I truely hop ethat you are in peace and the world and music industry gives you the credit you deserve
Teena Marie will be missed. It is strange I pull up her songs from You Tube last week. The music today does not compare to the music in the 60's, 70's and 80's. We have lost a lot of our great singers. My prayers to Teena Marie's daughter and family. One of my favorite songs by Teena was Out On A Limb. I have this song on a cassette tape.
she the queen of r&b will surely be miss by me & the world R.I.P. TEENA MARIE
no, but Im a huge fan of aretha franklin.
and im high.
Aretha Franklin is the QUEEN OF SOUL....not R&B.
Actually Mary J. Blige is the queen of r&b.
Rest In Peace Lady T the "Ivory Queen of R&B"
TEENA MARIE RIP. HEAVEN WILL WELCOME YOUR LOVELY VOICE. RICK JAMES WILL MEET YOU AT THE GATE.
My condolences to Lady T's family . She was a smooth hummingbird that you could just jam to anything she put her hand on musically. R.I.Paradise Ivory sultress.
One thing's for sure: Teena Marie never needed "Auto-Tune."
You got that right. These young singers of today don't even know how to play an instrument. They keeps remixing the music of true artists and musicians like Tina Marie, Prince and El Debarge.
Teena I luv you...will be missed. You are right up there with blue eyed soultress, Dusty Springfield...who I am still mourning...Rest in Peace but y will not be forgotten.
She was an icon and will be sadly missed. In the past several years we have lost many talented, powerful singers and this loss hit me hard as she was the best to me and many others. Nothing can compare to Rick James and Teena Maria duets.....
Wow - how sad. I and my friends literally grew up with her, listening to her music, enjoying the vibe. R.I.P.
It's really sad to lose such a talent so prematurely. And make no mistake about it: Teena Marie was still recording, still performing, and she still sounded fabulous. The fact that radio considered her yesterday's news didn't change that fact. Just last year (2009) she put out an album called "Congo Square," and if you listen to samples on Amazon, you can see that she had much more talent than most of today's pre-packaged, over-produced pop tarts.
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT CHUCK!!!
Right On, Chuck..........
She was on tour. Was home for Christmas! She was supposed to perform in Atlanta this week. I saw her in 2007 in Hampton, VA and she turned it out!
WELL SAID CHUCK;
I loved Teena Marie! Her song "Square Biz" was one of my all time favorites! She will be greatly missed....may peace be with her family during this difficult time.
I don't understand why they keep saying she died of "natural causes". How is age 54 old enough for that? It's really frightening. Either way, Rest In Peace, Ms. Marie. Give Rick a hug for us.
There's always a dumb*** with something stupid to say. Lady T IS a legend, Amy Winehouse is a talented junkie.
It is stunning the number of anti-white and downright racist statements by artists and recording executives that permiate this obituary. 'A black voice "trapped" in a white body' and 'There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned'. One can imagine the complete and total outrage that would fill the highways and byways of America if anyone, let alone a white person dared to say that Pres. Obama is a 'White man "trapped" in a black man's body' or that 'There are a lot of White people who swear by "name your favorite NFL player"and believed in him, as far as his football ability was concerned'. Wow...unbelievable...truly remarkable and unbelievable.
Great post Charles she was a legend – she couldn't help that she grew up admiring Blacks and being around them – and they in turn admired and loved her. She did help a lot of up and comers like Lenny Kravitz said. So to you Lady T -
Happy Trails – RIP
I can't believe that Entainment Tonight didn't even mention anything about her passing...nothing.
I have read that she died of a seizure in her sleep. Seizures are considered "natural causes". This wonderful lady may have had epilepsy (like my own teen does), or she may have had an undiagnosed condition which caused her seizures.
The world has lost a great music artist with a powerful voice. I was so happy to see her in concert and felt her power on stage. I love her voice, and have most of her albums. R.I.P. Lady T.
Heartbroken, and cant believe this.
If you partied with rick James Its only "natural" that you would fall over and die before Your time
Lady T also paved the way for many Caucasian artists of soul and r&b like Alice Russell and Paul Mac Innes. She was true talent. Singer, dancer, poet. Her rap in Square Biz is forever classic. I sang Square Biz in Jr. High. Years would pass before I discovered I had been singing about Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni long before I would learn about them.
I still love you Lady T.
Smooth derp, real smooth.
@ derp- please don't bring your ignorance on here. She was a VERY classy woman with an abundance of talent. Even though you have no respect or sympathy for her family, please do us all a favor and keep your ignorant trap shut.
derp: not necessary. how would you feel if people were talking like that about you or your family if you had passed on. you probably wouldn't care, because since you are so GQ.... you spend your time commenting on CNN pages and not the runway or a photo shoot.
Really, that was just not necessary.
Never heard of her.. I heard Rick James was a real jerk too. Oh well.
Though I disagree with your approach, I could not help but comment on your last post: Hilarious!
That was a very ignorant statement, don't you think?
YOU MUST BE A CHILD!!!!
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