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Teena Marie

Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer, songwriter and producer. She was known as Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie, then she later acquired the nickname of Lady Tee (sometimes spelled as Lady T), given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick James. She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals which initially caused many listeners to believe she was African-American. Her success in R&B and soul and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album. Mary Christine, or Tina as she was called, was the fourth of five children born in Santa Monica, California to construction worker Thomas Leslie Brockert and his wife, home renovator Mary Anne. She spent her early childhood in Mission Hills. Her ethnic heritage was Portuguese, Italian, Irish, and Native American. In 2005, while visiting Louisiana, she had discovered that her paternal ancestors once lived in New

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Teena Marie Death Certificate -- Cause Still Unknown

Teena Marie Death Certificate -- Cause Still Unknown

Officials are still not sure what killed Teena Marie -- this according to the singer's death certificate ... obtained by TMZ. The coroner who signed the death certificate notes 54-year-old Teena… READ MORE >

Teena Marie 911 -- 'My Mom Is Dead'

Teena Marie 911 -- 'My Mom Is Dead'

Overcome with emotion, Teena Marie's daughter mustered up the strength to call 911 Sunday -- moments after discovering her mother's body at the family's Pasadena home ... and TMZ has obtained the… READ MORE >

- 1392 days ago
Teena Marie Autopsy Complete

Teena Marie Autopsy Complete

The L.A. County Coroner's Office has completed the autopsy on singer Teena Marie ... TMZ has learned.We're told officials found no signs of trauma. Further testing and toxicology reports are still… READ MORE >

- 1392 days ago
Teena Marie Died During Sunday Nap

Teena Marie Died During Sunday Nap

Teena Marie's death could have been caused by a grand mal seizure while taking a nap ... sources tell TMZ.As we previously reported, Tina suffered a grand mal seizure a month before her death.… READ MORE >

- 1394 days ago
Teena Marie Death -- No Illegal Drugs Found

Teena Marie Death -- No Illegal Drugs Found

No illegal drugs were found at the home where singer Teena Marie's body was discovered yesterday ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We're told officials searched Teena's home in Pasadena , CA… READ MORE >

- 1394 days ago
'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie -- once known as Rick James' protégée -- died in her sleep last night at her home in Pasadena at the age of 54 ... TMZ has confirmed with Teena's rep… READ MORE >

- 1394 days ago
"Lovergirl" Singer Teena Marie: 'Memba Her?!

'Lovergirl' Singer
Teena Marie 'Memba Her?!

In the early '80s, Teena Marie had a couple of hits with "Lovergirl" and "Square Biz." Guess what she looks like now! READ MORE >

- 2301 days ago

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