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Tammi Terrell (1966)

Known for her duets with Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell was born Thomasina Montgomery on April 29, 1945 in Philadelphia. Her younger sister says Tammi was raped by three boys when she only 11 years old. In 1960, she signed to a record label where she recorded a couple of singles. She left that label to sign on with James Brown where she began singing back up in his revue. Even though she was only 17, Tammi became sexually involved in a abusive relationship with James who was almost 30. One night on the road Tammi left him after getting mercilessly beaten. In 1963, her first charting single “I Cried” reached #99 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Frustrated with her failure, she decided to quit the music business and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where she spent the next two years as a pre-med major. 

In 1965, on her 20th birthday, she signed on with Berry Gordy who changed her professional name to Tammi Terrell. During the Motown Revue tour which she opened for The Temptations, Tammi began a volatile relationship with the lead singer David Ruffin. In 1966, David surprised her with a marriage proposal. However, Tammi was devastated once she discovered that he had a wife, three children and another girlfriend in Detroit. This led to them having public fights. It is claimed that Ruffin hit Tammi with a hammer and a machete, though these claims were denied by Tammi’s family. Earl Van Dyke, leader of Motown’s Funk Brothers band, recalled David beating up Tammi in the Hitsville building. Her sister Ludie Montgomery also confirmed a story that Tammi was hit in the face by Ruffin’s motorcycle helmet, leading to the end of their relationship in 1967.

In 1967 Tammi began recording with Marvin Gaye, they a close platonic relationship and the duo released a string of hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Your Precious Love”. While performing live with Marvin at Hampden-Sydney College she collapsed and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Following the surgery in 1970, Tammi slipped into a coma and died on March 16, just weeks before her 25th birthday.


On this day in music history: August 31, 1968 - “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on September 14, 1968. Written and produced by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, it’s the second R&B chart topper for the duo of Gaye & Terrell. Writing a string of hits for Gaye and Terrell that begins with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in mid 1967, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson continue their profilic streak with the follow ups “Your Precious Love” (#2 R&B, #5 Pop), and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” (#1 R&B, #8 Pop). In the Spring of 1968, Ashford and Simpson pen the devotional ode “You’re All I Need To Get By”. Recorded at Motown’s Studio A in Detroit, it features The Funk Brothers providing musical support. The initial tracking sessions take place on April 15 and 27, 1968, with additional overdubs including Marvin and Tammi’s vocals being recorded on May 21 -23, and 27 - 29, 1968. Gaye and Terrell actually record their vocals separately, since Terrell is recovering from surgery for a malignant brain tumor at the time. The surgery is one of several she has after having passed out on stage during a performance with Gaye at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia on October 14, 1967. Released in the late Summer of 1968, it is another smash for Gaye and Terrell. Sadly it is the last major hit to feature Tammi Terrell on lead vocals. The song is covered a number of different artists over the years, including versions by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, and Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams. It is revived again in 1995 when rapper Method Man and singer Mary J. Blige cover “You’re All I Need To Get By” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), winning a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.

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Do you know of any LGBTQ+ friendly schools?

The Princeton Review’s Top 20 LGBT-Friendly Schools

  1. Stanford University
  2. Oberlin College
  3. Emerson College
  4. Smith College
  5. Warren Wilson College
  6. Bryn Mawr College
  7. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  8. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  9. New College of Florida
  10. Pitzer College
  11. Carleton College
  12. Sarah Lawrence College
  13. Yale University
  14. New York University
  15. Macalester College
  16. Bard College
  17. Prescott College
  18. Grinnell College
  19. Vassar College
  20. Rice University

The Princeton Review’s Top 20 LGBT-Unfriendly Schools:

  1. College of the Ozarks
  2. Grove City College
  3. Wheaton College (IL)
  4. Brigham Young University (UT)
  5. Hampden-Sydney College
  6. Wake Forest University
  7. Pepperdine University
  8. Wofford College
  9. University of Notre Dame
  10. Calvin College
  11. Baylor University
  12. Catholic University of America
  13. Auburn University
  14. University of Tennessee- Knoxville
  15. Gordon College
  16. Hillsdale College
  17. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  18. Texas A&M University—College Station
  19. University of Mississippi

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There are two cemeteries on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College (est. 1777) in Farmville, Virginia. This is the “Union Presbyterian Seminary Cemetery”, established in 1812 near the Union Theological Seminary.

The Seminary moved from Hampden-Sydney College to Richmond. They left the cemetery where it is, however.

Hampden-Sydney College
Farmville, Virginia