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    Default Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies

    LOS ANGELES Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act but developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and with hits like "Lovergirl," `'Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, has died. She was 54.

    The confirmation came from a publicist, Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also confirmed her death to CNN.

    Teena Marie, known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," was certainly not the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by the black audience.

    She was first signed to the legendary Motown label back in 1979 at age 19, working with James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship.

    The cover of her album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing backlash by audiences if they found out the songstress with the dynamic voice was white.

    But Marie 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. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," `'Behind the Groove" and "Ooh La La La."

    Marie had a daughter and had toured in recent years after overcoming an addiction to prescription drugs.
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    Sad to here, she had a great rack too.

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    I thought she had like some mid-level, one hit wonder in the 80's, but had never heard of all this "white queen of soul" stuff.

    And I thought I was musically pretty well rounded.
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    I knew the name, that's about it. I do remember that "Lovergirl" song though.
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    Definitely sad to hear. I won two of her albums (both vinyl) in a radio contest: the radio station had 'em but wouldn't play 'em because it was an easy listening format. Anyway, Lady T had some good stuff. R.I.P.

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    Never heard of her.
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    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Lady T's passing. Very sad. Her singing was amazing. I listened to her music all the time in high school and throughout the years since then.

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