Tammi Terrell: Does anyone have any additional info?

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Top of pageBottom of page   By Regis ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 10:41 pm:

This is an excerpt from a Tammi Terrell tribute website.


Top of pageBottom of page   By SoniT ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 11:05 pm:

I don't know. Was this while she was sick?

Top of pageBottom of page   By PlatinumPal ( on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 11:45 pm:


I've been away from posting for quite a while, but definitely not because of any lack of regard for the contributors to the Forum! I read and admire many of your entries REGULARLY. It's just that my writings are often straight from my gut and sometimes I need to regenerate the energies that such emotional releases require. Also, I tend to be extremely busy on several fronts.

Now... down to the biz at hand.

REGIS: THANKS for sharing anything about my favorite diva (in the most positive of meanings), the talented Ms. Terrell who left us all too soon 34 years ago yesterday (16). I have to share that although I have deeply lamented Tammi's illness and passing, I have grown to appreciate and respect the triumph of her indomitable and positive spirit, and her surpassing talents far too extensively to actually pity her much overall.

This is not to criticize anyone who does focus more on the hardships that she bravely faced. Having personally experienced her wonderful attitude and warmth during her darkest days leaves me amazed to this day by her personal fulfillment of the meaning of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Tammi remained TAMMI to the end, an unconquered free spirit, tired in the end, but beaten only physically. Many live longer... few much fuller.

The audience you refer to no doubt had mad love for this wonderful and beautiful suffering trouper, so tears would be understandable under the circumstances. Hindsight and insight reveal that they also were witnessing a triumph of sheer will and determination of a nightbird to keep on flapping her wings and singing her song come what may. She was not soliciting pity, she was GIVING A LITTLE LOVE as usual and boldly showing all onlookers the sheer grit that she possessed.

Tammi's contributions are eternally woven into the world's consciousness. A new young friend of mine is a recent immigrant from Nigeria and she shares with me her joy as she recollects growing up listening to Tammi's music in her homeland! These points are some of the many fantastic things that I celebrate joyfully when I reflect upon the mighty Ms. TERRELL. Tears and tales of woe have their place, but there is just sooo much more to the lady.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Tony Russi ( on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 09:37 am:

I stll listen to "I Cried" all the time, I just love her voice.My favorite of her Motown recordings was "Come On & See Me" her vocal is so soulful & the production is dynomite.I wish I would have gotten to see her in person..especially when she was part of the James Brown Show.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dinelle ( on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 02:56 pm:

I would have preferred "These Are Things".

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dinelle ( on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 02:13 pm:

Hi, PlatinumPal. It's been a while since we heard from you. I liked Tammi Terrell since I was only 8 or 9 years old. It's been that way since I first heard "You're All I Need" on the radio. My mother raised me on a lot of Motown since I was a baby.

I never knew that she was dead until now. I really miss her. She was such a free spirit and so pretty, smart, and funny. I always admired her for her voice. One of my teachers said that I must have lived during the 60's because I talk about the Motown sound a lot.

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