"Tammi Terrell" (born "Thomasina Montgomery") (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she entered the music business at the age of 13, regularly performing live. In 1961 she was signed to the fledgling Scepter Records (later Wand Records), recording under the name "Tammy Montgomery". After coming to the attention of James Brown she recorded one single apiece for Brown's own Try Me record label and, in 1964, Checker Records. The year after that, she was spotted by Berry Gordy Jr. while playing live, and signed to his Motown label. Attractive and talented, she became romantically linked with both James Brown and David Ruffin, lead singer of The Temptations.
Initially Terrell recorded solo, with only moderate success (she had a pair of R&B Top 30 singles in 1966, ''I Can't Believe You Love Me'' and ''Come on and See Me'') . However, from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, producing hits with Ashford & Simpson written tunes such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need...
|date of birth||April 29, 1945|
|place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|date of death||March 16, 1970|
|place of death||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|