She really broke the color barrier on R (Teena Marie: Lady T) !

PHOTOS: Most Memorable Album Covers In Black Music

Teena Marie was an American singer who recorded at Motown in the early notable as one of few successful white artists signed to the label. The Marvels of Teena Marie COMING SOON!

Rick James and Teena Marie...

Rick James & Teena Marie - Happy - from the Throwin' Down album on Motown / Gordy Records - 1982

Back in the Days... I saw Rick James and Teena Marie in Madison Square Garden singing "Fire and Desire" still love this song today!!! RIP Rick & Teena

Tina Marie & Rick James- "Fire and Desire" that was the jam!

Teena Marie | Teena-Marie

Legendary Teena Marie passed at age 54

Rick & Teena Marie  Insane collab! Love!

Teena Marie & Rick James - Just Us Two (Anniversary Edition) HD

Tina Marie. I'm Talkin' Square Biz. Thank you, Tina. You showed us "Soul" has no color. It's a heart with a funky bass-line.

Platinum selling R&B songtress Mary Christine Brockert, best known as Teena Marie, died December 2010 after collapsing at her home at 54 years old. The protege of R&B/funk legend Rick James was on the verge of starting a tour before her death.