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    Neither One Of Us

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    Gladys Knight & The Pips

Everytime I get nerve to say I’m leaving

Oh the memories, those old memories get in my way

Lord knows it’s only me, knows it’s only me if that I’m deceiving 

When it comes to saying goodbye

that’s a simple word that I just cannot say

there can be no way, there can be no way

this can have a happy ending

so we just go on hurting and pretending

and convincing ourselves to give it one just one more try

because neither one of us wants to the first to say goodbye

farewell my love, goodbye 

Neither One Of Us

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Neither One Of Us

1973

"I guess you could say it’s kind of like an NFL training camp," Williams once told The Times. "But aside from talent, we look for character. What a man’s like mentally and spiritually is just as—if not more—important to us than whether he can sing or dance."

More info at: http://articles.latimes.com/1995-02-24/local/me-35523_1_melvin-franklin

WHEN Smokey Robinson chose the wispy falsetto of Eddie Kendricks to sing the lead vocals on ‘The Way You Do Things You Do’ in 1964, he gave the Temptations their first major hit. It was as though Robinson was coming as close as he could to performing on the record himself; Kendricks’s voice closely resembled his own creamy smooth high tone. Later, debate would rage amongst Motown aficionados about who could sing higher, Robinson or Kendricks.

'Eddie just had that great, great tenor voice that just was so captivating,' said Esther Edwards, the first manager of the group and the sister of the Motown boss Berry Gordy. 'He had such admirers, men and women. But the ladies really loved Eddie and his style … he just had a sweet, melodious, captivating, tender sound.'

More info: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-eddie-kendricks-1555932.html

"Marvin’s relationship with his father made him who he was. His need to be successful, find love and then take drugs were all down to it. No matter what he achieved with his songs, all he got was resentment and criticism," Mr Turner said. Gaye added the "e" to his surname after "Gay" prompted jibes about his sexuality, a sensitive subject given his father’s proclivity for cross-dressing.

After the rumors about Tammi and Sam Cooke (with whom she reportedly never actually had a relationship), and her well-publicized involvement with the likes of James Brown and David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye would seem a logical next step, right?
Wrong. After her horrific ordeal at 11, and her tragic series of abusive relationships that began in her teens, what Tammi Terrell needed was simply a friend. That is exactly what she found in Marvin Gaye. By both of their accounts, as well as those of people close to them, Gaye and Terrell were never, ever romantically involved.
Marvin Gaye had his own struggles and could perhaps relate to Tammi Terrell more than most could. The son of a strict Black Hebrew Pentecostal preacher (I know, right?), Marvin struggled to find his own identity outside of his father Marvin Gay Sr’s shadow. He was also allegedly abused by his father in his childhood, and stated that he would have ended his own life had his mother not encouraged his singing, in which he found an outlet. Marvin was so traumatized by his childhood that he changed his last name, adding an “e” at the end both as a means to squash rumors about his sexuality (largely stemming from his soft-spoken nature) and to distance himself from his father.
Not only were the pair not romantically involved, but initially they even recorded their respective vocal contributions to their duets completely apart from each other, only coming together after their earlier engineered collaborations were released and well received by the public. Though it has frequently been speculated that their relationship grew into a brief romance, this claim has been strongly refuted by those who knew them well. Ashford & Simpson, who wrote most of Marvin and Tammi’s hits, and Gaye himself, characterized the relationship as sibling-like. In fact, while most assume that Gaye was the leader of the duo, he was actually extremely shy and introverted, while Terrell was by far the more streetwise and extroverted of the two. At the time of her death, Tammi was engaged to Ernest Garrett, a physician at the hospital where she was being treated for terminal brain cancer.
By 1970 Terrell was confined to a wheelchair, suffered from blindness and hair loss, and weighed only 93 pounds. On January 25, 1970, Terrell went into a coma and never came out of it.
On March 16, 1970, Tammi Terrell succumbed to brain cancer. She was only 24 years old, despite having lived an adventurous and successful yet traumatic life. At her funeral, Gaye summoned the strength to deliver the eulogy. You’re All I Need To Get By played in the background as he spoke. Marvin Gaye was so devastated that he withdrew from performing for more than two years following Terrell’s death.

Read more: http://culturocity.com/2014/02/14/tammi-terrell-and-marvin-gaye-a-different-kind-of-love/

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