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Teena Marie, RIP

The first white singer ever signed to Motown, Rick James protege Teena Marie died Sunday at 54. Her obit is here. Her first hit was "I'm A Sucker For Your Love," off the album Wild and Peaceful, which Berry Gordy issued without a photo of the artist, lest black audiences figure out she was white. Gamble and Huff called her "one of the most memorable, soulful and unique R&B vocalists to come out of Motown." In 2008, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation honored her with its Pioneer Award in a ceremony at the Kimmel Center. Ben Wener's appreciation is here.

Teena Marie, RIP

The first white singer ever signed to Motown, Rick James protege Teena Marie died Sunday at 54. Her obit is here. Her first hit was "I'm A Sucker For Your Love," off the album Wild and Peaceful, which Berry Gordy issued without a photo of the artist, lest black audiences figure out she was white.  Gamble and Huff called her "one of the most memorable, soulful and unique R&B vocalists to come out of Motown." In 2008, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation honored her with its Pioneer Award in a ceremony at the Kimmel Center. Ben Wener's appreciation is here.

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