Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010) was an American singer–songwriter–producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau. Marie died on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home, as announced by her manager, Mike Gardner. She was 54.
So sad to hear that Teena Marie passed away this weekend at age 54. Was not familiar with an awful lot of her music but I think "Lovergirl" was definitely among the Top 50 songs of the 1980s. Now there was a tune that made even me want to get up and dance!