1. HA! says

    So very sad. One of my favorites from my youth. Completely under rated who paved the way for tons of other R and B singers.

  2. dude says

    @HA! Agreed. A noteworthy talent in her own right. I’ve loved her music as far back as I can remember.

  3. Robert says

    If you only know Lovergirl, you probably don’t know how amazing this woman was. She had more soul in her pinky than most singers do today. This is seriously shocking.

  4. says

    Ugh… she was awesome. My favorite is her “Portuguese Love”. amazing song. Back in the 80’s she was totally cutting edge and barely known. I saw her perform with Rick James and Carl Carlton at the Capital Center in Maryland back in 1982. Maryland was still segregated – at least socially – back then. She was a really cool lady… damn.

  5. johnboy says

    ‘I need your lovin’, her first Top 40 breakthrough, is still the best thing she’s ever done. Just a great soul artist

  6. sparks says

    Wow this is so sad. I’ve always loved Teena’s music, especially because she had so much to do with its creation and development. Lady really knew her stuff. Vastly underrated and under-appreciated as a musician.

    She always carried a bit of extra wisdom without seeming old. But 54 is just way too damned young to go. :

  7. Kayla says

    I’m 21 years old, and I’ve never actually heard of this person…but it’s always sad when people die!

  8. Lee says

    It’s sad that Teena’s supreme artistry wasn’t acknowledged as much as it deserved to be. She created amazing music, was a great singer-songwriter-musician-arranger. The songs on her albums that didn’t get much play except for perhaps R&B and smooth jazz stations were incredible – “Casanova Brown”, “Portuguese Love”, “Tune In Tomorrow” and “Out On A Limb” are just a small sampling of her huge talent. She will be missed.