Woke up to bad news this morning. Teena Marie, (real name Mary Christine Brockert), that white gurl with the bad ass voice, has passed away. She was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday. Her manager, Mike Gardner, confirmed she was found by her daughter, after apparently dying in her sleep.
“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” - Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One
Lady Tee’s last album, “Congo Square,” was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King’s widow and also song “Black Cool,” written for President Barack Obama. Her first hit, was “I’m A Sucker for Your Love“.
Some of her most fierce hits included “Lovergirl,” Square Biz” (my fav!) and the scorching duet “Fire and Desire” with mentor Rick James. The list goes on…
She is survived by her daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, performs under the name Rose Le Beau.
R.I.P Ivory Soul Sistah