Back in 2010, I had a blog called Floppy Disco which I ran with a few DJ friends at the time. I recently found some of the old posts on my computer and enjoyed reading them, so have imported them into this blog for others to enjoy.
“All in all, it’s been a wonderful, wonderful ride,” was how Teena Marie once described her legendary journey as a soul singer, that span an epic 30 years. Teena Marie, aka Lady T, passed away on the 26th December 2010, aged 54.
Her debut release, Wild and Peaceful contains the notable hit “I’m a Sucker for Your Love” and had heavy contributions from the funkmaster, Rick James, who not only co-sings on the disco joint but became her protégée and regular collaborator in tearing down disco dance floors.
In the two years after Wild and Peaceful, she put out three more studio albums with Motown, before enduring a big legal case with the label and moving across to Epic to release subsequent albums. Lady T was her second album and featured pictures of herself on the sleeve, revealing to the surprise of some fans that she was a white singer doing black music. It didn’t seem to matter, and how could it when you hear a track like “Behind the Groove”. Irons in the fire, apparently her favourite album, contains her next big hit “I need your lovin’” which starts with a most formidable spanking bass riff and a very juicy nugget called “You Make Love Like Springtime“.
Much love and respect to Teena Marie. Rest in peace.