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Unsung Review: Tammi Terrell

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urban radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singers Originally posted Nov, 2012 This is truly a tragic story all the way around, excusing that Tammi was meant to be a star. She was outrageously talented and beautiful. She was originally signed as a solo act in 1965 on Motown and she even recorded an album that failed to succeed however when Berry Gordy teamed her up with Marvin and he brought in Ashford and Simpson as young producers all hit hell broke loose on the charts. It was a great call by Berry. Tammy suffered health, mental and physical trauma after being savagely gang-raped when she was a young teenager on her way from school by 3 boys. The attack made her promiscuous and she made horrific choices in men. It appears rape and savage beatings were very common for black women back in the 40s through the 60s but many women never pressed charges. I'm sure dealing with the racist legal system at the time played a significant role in that. I was not aware that her first famous boyfriend was James Brown who several people in the video admit used to beat the sh... out of her. One singer states he even witnessed James beat the sh... out of Tammi after a show. To that end, it's very hard for me to have any respect for James Brown and his legacy.   I have a severe issue with men who beat women after a female relative was beaten by her husband when she was 9 months pregnant when I was a kid. Watching this story was very hard but the show is excellent. The story actually dispels the rumor that David Ruffin hit her in the head with a hammer BUT he did hit her in the head with a motorcycle helmet. Now Ruffin is another piece of sh.... It's hard to feel sorry for him being found dead in a crack house. It just appeared, even from the Temptations biography that David Ruffin was a stellar singer but a really fooked up individual. I bet you those singers at Motown saw some crazy sh... back in the day. Sadly, Tammi died before the height of her success. She had 8 brain surgeries and they even interview her surgeon. Brain surgery in the 60s was VERY dangerous and she managed to get back to work each time afterward. Her doctors knew her situation was not curable and the cancerous tumors continued to grow back but Tammi continued to record during her illness. She finally died in March of 1970 and several people in the video state she never really got to enjoy her success. She met a doctor whom she wanted to marry before she died and it's reported that she was very happy with him. The doctor is interviewed in the series. Tammi's mother denied all Motown people (except Marvin Gaye) from attending the funeral. Her mother blamed Motown for not protecting Tammi from David Ruffin's beatings. Finally, this situation was said to be the catalyst that sent Marvin on his first drug binges. He was said to be extremely depressed about the situation for years and he blamed himself for her death. 3 months after her death, Diana Ross recorded a revamped version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" which immediately shot to Number 1. On a side note, I must say TV ONE gets incredible Kudos for this series. I have NEVER seen ANYTHING on Tammi Terrell or many of the artists the show covers. This is a must-watch. The scale of 1 through 5, 5 being Excellent, I give this a 6. The show airs Sept 20th on TV One.

‘THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK’ DIGITAL ALBUM OUT NOW; CD & 2LP...

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urban radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singers Today, the digital edition of 'THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' has been released by Universal Music Group/Blue Note Records/Polygram Entertainment/UMe, just ahead of the new HBO documentary’s November 6 broadcast premiere. Helmed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLO chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. The soundtrack’s CD and 2LP vinyl editions will be released on December 20.[/caption] The digital edition of THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has been released by Universal Music Group/Blue Note Records/Polygram Entertainment/UMe, just ahead of the new HBO documentary’s November 6 broadcast premiere. Helmed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winning director Roger Ross Williams, THE APOLLO chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. The soundtrack’s CD and 2LP vinyl editions, featuring liner notes written by Williams, will be released on December 20. Produced by the film’s music supervisors, Grammy® nominee Dondi Bastone and TunesMap founder G. Marq Roswell, executive produced by Williams and White Horse Pictures CEO Nigel Sinclair, and mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Studios, THE APOLLO’s 32-track soundtrack spotlights classic recordings by legendary artists who have graced the theater’s stage. The soundtrack also exclusively debuts a new original song, "Don't Turn Back Now" by Robert Glasper with vocals by Ledisi, plus selections from Glasper’s original score for the film. Stream/purchase THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’s digital edition and preorder the CD and 2LP vinyl editions: https://UMe.lnk.to/ApolloMovieSoundtrackPR THE APOLLO documentary film weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances from an astonishing list of legendary talents that includes James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, and Richard Pryor; behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run; and interviews with such artists as Angela Bassett, Common, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, and Pharrell Williams. Williams also examines the current state of race in America, following the 2018 multimedia adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bestselling book Between the World and Me as it comes together on the theater’s grand stage. In the film, Williams explores not only the struggle of black lives in America, but the role that art plays in that struggle, and the essential part the Apollo continues to play in the cultural conversation. Directed by Roger Ross Williams (“Music By Prudence,” “Life Animated”), THE APOLLO is produced by Lisa Cortes, p.g.a.; Jeanne Elfant Festa, p.g.a.; Cassidy Hartmann, p.g.a.; along with Williams. The film is a presentation of HBO, Impact Partners, The Apollo Theater Foundation, and is a White Horse Pictures production. Executive producers are Nigel Sinclair, Dan Cogan, Nicholas Ferrall, and Julie Goldman, among others. THE APOLLO: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together timeless music by many greats who have taken the stage at the Apollo with stories and memories from those who were there. The soundtrack provides an intimate audio experience, interspersing new and classic recordings – Charles Mingus’ “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High The Moon,” Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” and James Brown’s “Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Lost Someone” (from his first Live at the Apollo album), to name a few – with interview excerpts from the film from those who made it happen show-after-show, as well as authors, artists, and community leaders who share their insights. Excerpted segments from the film include brief comments from President Barack Obama, Angela Bassett, Pharrell Williams, and more. Throughout the soundtrack album, THE APOLLO’s music composer, Emmy and five-time Grammy-winning Loma Vista Recordings artist Robert Glasper, takes listeners through several interviews with original score elements. The soundtrack also presents score pieces by composer Todd Griffin in this context, including an excerpt from the film spotlighting the stage adaptation of Coates’ Between the World and Me. https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-apollo THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK [digital; CD] 1. Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter 2. T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Pharrell Williams, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer; Herb Boyd, Journalist and Activist 3. Charles Mingus - Take The ‘A’ Train 4. Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Memphis Blues 5. Marion J. Caffey – Interview Excerpt / Amateur Night Producer, The Apollo 6. Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon 7. Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Old Man Blues 8. Pearl Bailey - She’s Something Spanish 9. Count Basie & His Orchestra - Jive At Five 10. Ted Fox – Interview Excerpt / Author, Showtime At The Apollo 11. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit 12. Mikki Shepard – Interview Excerpt / Former Executive Producer, The Apollo 13. Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On 14. Kamilah Forbes – Interview Excerpt / Executive Producer, The Apollo 15. James Brown - Say It Loud—I’m Black And I'm Proud 16. Ta-Nehisi Coates – Interview Excerpt / Author, Between The World and Me 17. Robert Glasper - Apollo As Home Featuring interview excerpt from Ted Fox, author, Showtime At The Apollo 18. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Home Is Where The Heart Is 19. Robert Glasper - Mission Statement Featuring interview excerpts from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News; Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, The Apollo 20. Johnny Hodges - Come Sunday 21. James Brown - Lost Someone (Live at the Apollo) 22. Robert Glasper - Schiffman Cards Featuring interview excerpt from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News 23. Jimmy Smith - T’aint No Use 24. Robert Glasper - Obama Returns To The Apollo Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Angela Bassett, Actress and Activist 25. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady 26. Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr. - Asphalt Canyon Blues 27. Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me 28. Robert Glasper - Harlem Riots 29. Dizzy Gillespie Octet - Duke’s Last Soliloquy 30. Ta-Nehisi Coates and T. Griffin From the staged reading of his book Between The World and Me, Apollo Theater, April 2018. Featuring score by T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater 31. Robert Glasper w/Ledisi - Don’t Turn Back Now 32. President Barack Obama at the Apollo Theater, January 19, 2012 THE APOLLO: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK [2LP vinyl] Side 1 1. Kenneth J. Thompson, Apollo Greeter 2. T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident; Pharrell Williams, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer; Herb Boyd, Journalist and Activist 3. Charles Mingus - Take The ‘A’ Train 4. Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra - Memphis Blues 5. Marion J. Caffey – Interview Excerpt / Amateur Night Producer, The Apollo 6. Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon 7. Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra - Old Man Blues 8. Pearl Bailey - She’s Something Spanish 9. Count Basie & His Orchestra - Jive At Five Side 2 1. Ted Fox – Interview Excerpt / Author, Showtime At The Apollo 2. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit 3. Mikki Shepard – Interview Excerpt / Former Executive Producer, The Apollo 4. Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On 5. Kamilah Forbes – Interview Excerpt / Executive Producer, The Apollo 6. James Brown - Say It Loud—I’m Black And I'm Proud 7. Ta-Nehisi Coates – Interview Excerpt / Author, Between the World and Me 8. Robert Glasper - Apollo As Home / Featuring interview excerpt from Ted Fox, author, Showtime At The Apollo 9. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Home Is Where The Heart Is Side 3 1. Robert Glasper - Mission Statement Featuring interview excerpts from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News, and Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, The Apollo 2. Johnny Hodges - Come Sunday 3. James Brown - Lost Someone (Live at the Apollo) 4. Robert Glasper - Schiffman Cards Featuring interview excerpt from Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, New York Amsterdam News 5. Jimmy Smith - T’aint No Use 6. Robert Glasper - Obama Returns To The Apollo Featuring interview excerpts from Lana Turner, Harlem Resident, and Angela Bassett, Actress and Activist 7. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady Side 4 1. Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr. - Asphalt Canyon Blues 2. Etta James - Something’s Got A Hold On Me 3. Robert Glasper - Harlem Riots 4. Dizzy Gillespie Octet - Duke’s Last Soliloquy 5. Ta-Nehisi Coates and T. Griffin From the staged reading of his book Between the World and Me, Apollo Theater, April 2018 Featuring score by T. Griffin - Opening, The Apollo Theater 6. Robert Glasper w/Ledisi - Don’t Turn Back Now 7. President Barack Obama at the Apollo Theater, January 19, 2012

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