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Terrell and Gaye's first major hit was the Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson composition, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".The duo quickly followed up with the top five hit ballad, "Your Precious Love".A series of operations began, the treatments were painful and Tammi began to suffer memory loss, numbness and weakness. Motown engineered a deception, Valerie Simpson stepped in to take her place, Marvin was unhappy with the decision. Allegedly, Tammi could continue receiving medical benefits with this deception as well as royalty checks and the public demand would be met.The “Onion Song” was released, one of the duo’s biggest hits.Tammi had the ‘it factor.’ When she walked into a room, her presence dominated the room.Fans loved her; she was very personable and approachable.Her music has never disappeared of course but it seems there is renewed interest in the lady with many of her tracks - and new remixes - being very welcome inclusions on the playlists of many DJs, particularly on the Northern Soul scene where her iconic voice and image continues to be revered.Below is an interesting article by the American writer Myra Panache.
Although Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell had a definite sexual chemistry, they remained friends; they had a brother and sister type of relationship.Performing was in her blood; she won numerous talent shows and local competitions.She would later perform in nightclubs and theaters.Despite rumors of a romantic relationship – Gaye was married to Anna Gordy and Terrell was dating Temptations lead vocalist David Ruffin – both singers denied such a relationship with Gaye saying later that they had a brother-and-sister relationship, a statement reiterated by Ashford & Simpson.