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Teena Marie was an American singer, songwriter and producer. She was known as Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie, and rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s, striking a musical and personal partnership with funk legend Rick James. It was then that she acquired the nickname of Lady Tee (sometimes spelled as Lady T), given to her by James.
She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals which initially caused many listeners to believe she was African-American. Her success in R&B and soul and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also 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. She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold.
Marie’s biggest hit came in 1984 with her single ‘Lovergirl,’ which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.