She was a beautiful spirit, with a pure and beautiful voice, and when they paired her with Marvin Gaye, with the dynamic duo of Ashford and Simpson penning the songs – magic happened!
I was a little girl of 8 or 9 and my mom wasn’t a big fan of the Motown Sound. She was more a Memphis Soul Sister with Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass and Tyrone Davis as her favorites. But I remember hearing Tammy’s voice on friends’ and family’s radios and record players. I fell in love with that voice. There’s something about a pure clean slightly nasal feminine voice that gets me and Tammy’s was perfectly pitched. Do you remember Precious Love? Of course you do! It was my favorite.
Oh-oh-oh, Hea-ven must have sent you from above— Oh-oh-oh, Heaven must have sent your precious love! Those finger snaps set it off so sexily and perfectly! Yes!
For all of you, my blog family, who don’t have access to TV-One’s Unsung series, here’s a full clip I found on Youtube. The bittersweet story of Tammy Terrell is told, giving us a peek inside the spirit of this talented, beautiful and sultry girl-woman. She suffered a lot from the time she was a young child, yet was always reaching for joy!