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Teena Marie, 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies at 54

Teena Marie, the "Ivory Queen of Soul" who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like Lovergirl, Square Biz and Fire and Desire with mentor Rick James, was found dead Sunday in her California home after apparently dying in her sleep, her manager, Mike Gardner, said. She was 54. Teena Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label. She quickly notched her first hit, I'm A Sucker for Your Love, and was on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. The singer-songwriter produced love songs and funk jams like Behind the Groove and Ooh La La La.

Teena Marie, 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies at 54 12/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:45pm]
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