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Earl Van Dyke, leader of Motown’s Funk Brothers band, recalled David beating up Tammi in the Hitsville building.Her sister Ludie Montgomery also confirmed a story that Tammi was hit in the face by Ruffin’s motorcycle helmet, leading to the end of their relationship in 1967.In 1960 by right before her 15th birthday she signed with Specter Records and recorded a doo-wop single "If You See Bill" it was released under the name Tammy Montgomery it did help establish her as in some R&B networks with popular fellow Philly natives such as Chubby Checker and Patti La belle and the Blue belles.She became the opening act for Gene Chandler and later caught the attention of James Brown.In 1960, she signed to a record label where she recorded a couple of singles.She left that label to sign on with James Brown where she began singing back up in his revue.Even though she was only 17, Tammi became sexually involved in an abusive relationship with James who was almost 30.One night on the road Tammi left him after getting mercilessly beaten.
By the way if you want to know more about her watch TV One's series "Unsung."Originally born as Thomasina Winifred Montgomery on April 29, 1945 in North Philadelphia, PA.
I love Marvin Gaye's music as a child I loved hearing his duets with the late and possibly lesser known beautiful songstress Tammi Terrell.