Post by Emerald City on Jun 3, 2005 15:04:35 GMT -5
Native Philadelphian and Motown Legend Tammi Terrell will be honored in her hometown of Philadelphia."
City Council will declare Tammi Terrell Day on June 16 at City Hall in Council Chambers, Room 400 at 10 AM. City Hall is located at Broad & Market Streets in downtown. *Suggested public parking is at The Mariott Courtyard 21 N Juniper Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Early arrival is suggested.
Please join Tammi's sister Ludie Montgomery and friends to celebrate Tammi, her musical legacy, and the new book that pays tribute to her life and music.
When: June 16, 2005 2:00-6:00 PM The Chestnut Hill Hotel - 215-242-5905 The Bombay Room 8229 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA. 19118
Please RSVP for this event 818-757-3135 - Space is limited.
Bank House Books Presents My Sister Tommie, The Real Tammi Terrell Written by Ludie Montgomery & Vickie Wright To order the book online please visit Amazon.com or BankHouseBooks.com
Post by Emerald City on Jun 20, 2005 14:00:52 GMT -5
Here is an article from Philly.Com done the day before the Tammi's day was made official ;D
Posted on Wed, Jun. 15, 2005
Jenice Armstrong | Tammi Terrell feted
IT HAS BEEN 35 years since the late R&B legend Tammi Terrell ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By") died all too soon.
But her incredible legacy as a Motown star survives, along with some lingering misconceptions. For starters, the R&B star, known for her heart-stirring duets with Marvin Gaye, never was married to the boxer Ernie Terrell.
"Berry Gordy gave her the name Terrell because it had more of an artsy ring," her sister, Ludie Montgomery, explained to me when we spoke on the phone earlier this week.
Also, long before Terrell became a singing sensation with Motown, she spent nearly a decade singing on three record labels, performing under a variety of names. (She was Thomasina Montgomery and Tammi Montgomery before she became Tammi Terrell.) Terrell was a Philly homegirl, not a Detroit diva, but Detroit is where her career kicked into high gear.
Terrell grew up in North Philly and Germantown, the daughter of a barber/grassroots political organizer and a former actress. By the age of 13, she was the opening act for Philly's Patti LaBelle & the Bluebells, while doing nightclub dates.
"She was just a girl next door. Outgoing. Bubbly. Competitive," Montgomery said. "There are so many adjectives. She was just good-hearted."
So much so that after Terrell's death at age 24 from a malignant brain tumor - she collapsed while performing onstage with Marvin Gaye - Montgomery found herself inspired to keep her sister's memory alive.
"We were never the same again," Montgomery recalled of the woman who was four years her senior.
Terrell is buried in Mount Lawn Cemetery in Sharon Hill. And it's only now, after raising a family and focusing on her own career, that Montgomery said she felt ready to finally tell the Tammy Terrell story.
Along with L.A.-based writer Vickie Wright, Montgomery has written a book, "My Sister Tommie: The Real Tammi Terrell," to keep her sister's memory alive.
"I've had it in my mind to do it for many years," Montgomery said. "I didn't want anyone to ever forget."
Montgomery will be at the Bombay Room of the Chestnut Hill Hotel from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow doing a book-signing and spreading the word about a woman whom time has not allowed her or the rest of us to forget.
In addition, Philadelphia City Council will declare tomorrow Tammie Terrell Day.