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Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be, Rick James , who ended up doing all of the writing and producing for her debut album of , Wild and Peaceful. That LP, which boasted her hit duet with James , "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love," didn't show Marie 's picture -- so many programmers at black radio just assumed she was black. By her third album, 's gold Irons in the Fire , Marie was doing most of her own writing and producing. It Must Be Magic turned out to be her last album for Motown, which she had a nasty legal battle with. Marie got out of her contract with Motown, and the case ended up with the courts passing what is known as "The Teena Marie Law" -- which states that a label cannot keep an artist under contract without putting out an album by him or her. Unfortunately, Marie 's popularity had faded considerably by the late '80s, and Epic dropped her.
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She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and later acquired the nickname Lady Tee sometimes spelled Lady T , given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James. She was known for her distinctive soprano vocals, which caused many listeners to believe she was black. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas, and wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album. Sign in or Register. Teena Marie Born 5 March Died 26 December Last Played on BBC. Official Links. Teena Marie. Read more at Wikipedia.