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Thomasina Winifred Montgomery was born on April 29, 1945 and died on March 16, 1970, tragically of a brain tumour. She recorded for Checker under the name Tammy Montgomery, but is better known under the name she used for her Motown recordings, Tammi Terrell. She started singing and recording in her teens, first with Scepter/Wand Records. She then joined James Brown’s Revue. After a period attending college, she recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in 1965, where she is famous for her duets with the late Marvin Gaye.