Monday, December 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A publicist says Motown singer Teena Marie, who was known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," has died at age 54.
The confirmation came Sunday from publicist Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also confirmed her death to CNN.
Marie developed a lasting legacy her silky soul pipes and hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James.
She was certainly not the first white act to sing soul music. However, she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by black audiences.
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