Sunday, December 26, 2010
R.I.P. Teena Marie (Video)
CNN is reporting that R&B singer Teena Marie, known for singing with the late Rick James and also having a powerhouse voice, has died in her sleep at age 54. Her manager says she suffered a grand mal seizure earlier this year.
The video below is the original recording of "Fire and Desire," her most famous duet with James and the version I bought when I was a 19 or 20 and it was new. I bought it again for my mp3 player last year, and below that is a clip from her singing at the 2004 BET Awards with James. However, I recall hearing "Lovergirl" on the radio often, too. She recorded with both Motown and Epic. Her official website dubs her "the Ivory Queen of Soul."
2004 BET Awards, Rick James with Teena Marie.
She also appeared on The View, it seems, in 2009.