Teena Marie Dies at 54! Funk Legend Lady T Passes!
Teena Marie has passed away at press time at her home in Santa Monica. The Funk Superstar, born Mary Marie Brockert in Santa Monica was 54. She may have been European American (White) but she belonged to us. Legend has it that Motown Records Executives did not even want to hear that she was a White. They released her record without a photo. No matter! She had the goods!
She loved Motown Records but successfully sued the label after the label failed to pay royalties and certain standard fees creating the Brockert (Teena Marie Law). Several artists throughout the years have used the Brockert Law in order to get out of bad contacts.
The most important thing that she be remembered though is that she could write, play, produce and most of all Sing! Man, could she ever sing.