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Tammi Terrell's inclusion among this list of 200 acts is for her duets with Marvin Gaye. Although she cut several tracks for Motown as a soloist, it is for her magical collaborations with him that she is best remembered. Gaye and Terrell together established a new benchmark for duets.
Tomasina Montgomery was born in Philadelphia in 1945. She began performing while still in her teens. In 1961, producer Luther Dixon discovered the singer. She was signed up by Scepter Records and cut discs as Tammy Montgomery. Next, James Brown noticed her talent and added her to his live revue as well as his Try Me label.
In 1965, Berry Gordy Jr. caught her performing with Jerry Butler. He signed her up on his Motown label. Her initial solo singles fared poorly, but when she was teamed up with Gaye, the result was thrilling.
Gaye had already cut duets with Mary Wells and Kim Weston. The chemistry between him and Tammi Terrell (as she was now recording as) was genuine and powerful.
Together, they recorded some timeless duets, including: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "You're All I Need To Get By" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing".
During this golden period, Terrell was plagued by health issues. She endured migraines. In 1967, Terrell collapsed into Gaye's arms while they performed on stage. She was then diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Terrell underwent hours of painful surgery. She had to retire from live performances but continued recording with Gaye. As her health deteriorated, an uncredited Valerie Simpson replaced her on their collaborations.
After 8 operations, Terrell was left partially paralysed and with memory loss. On March 16, 1970 the 24 year old singer died. Gaye never recovered from his grief.
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100 FRANK SINATRA 101 JENNIFER HUDSON
102 BEACH BOYS 103 CHAKA KHAN 104 JOE JACKSON 105 MIKA
106 CHRISTINA AGUILERA 107 DAVID GUETTA 108 DESTINY’S CHILD
109 JAMIROQUAI 110 ALISON MOYET 111 LED ZEPPELIN 112 STEVE WINWOOD
113 COMMODORES 114 COLDPLAY 115 SIMPLY RED 116 ONE DIRECTION
117 CAROLE KING 118 R. KELLY 119 EMELI SANDE` 120 QUINCY JONES
121 LADY GAGA 122 ELVIS COSTELLO 123 RAY CHARLES 124 ED SHEERAN
125 NATALIE COLE 126 SMOKEY ROBINSON 127 KANYE WEST 128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET 130 SAM SMITH 131 JAMES TAYLOR 132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER 134 DES’REE 135 ACE OF BASE 136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE 138 THE DOORS 139 AMY WINEHOUSE 140 PHARRELL
141 GEORGE BENSON 142 MINNIE RIPERTON 143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD 145 FOREIGNER 146 EURYTHMICS 147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE 149 CARL RISELEY 150 TONI BRAXTON 151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES 153 LUTHER VANDROSS 154 ERIC CLAPTON 155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER 157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE 158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES 160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD 162 GLORIA GAYNOR 163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING 165 MEAT LOAF 166 JAMES REYNE 167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE 169 A-HA 170 GLEN CAMPBELL 171 DIRE STRAITS 172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT 174 ANTHONY CALLEA 175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE 177 MICHAEL BUBLE` 178 TRACY CHAPMAN 179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS 181 LITTLE RIVER BAND 182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES 184 CERRONE 185 MODELS 186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES 188 PETULA CLARK 189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY 191 ART GARFUNKEL 192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN 194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG 195 S CLUB 7 196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES 198 ICEHOUSE 199 LEO SAYER 200 LIZA MINNELLI