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'Ivory Queen of Soul' dead

The Sydney News.Net
Monday 27th December, 2010 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie.

Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers (Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and Whitney Houston quickly come to mind), Marie -- who died Sunday at age 54 -- left a perhaps more important, and lasting, contribution to R&B than record sales: She made the genre colourless.

Venturing through the self-proclaimed Ivory Queen of Soul's back catalogue, it's easy to see how everyone from Mary J.

Blige to Faith Evans to Alicia Keys got some of their ...

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