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Record album by Teena Marie: Wild and Peaceful (1979)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Wild and Peaceful (1979) was the marvelously successful debut solo album for Mary Christine Brockert, better known as Teena Marie.

In 1978, Motown songwriter James Ambrose Johnson Jr. emerged as Rick James, leader of the Stone City Band. His debut album Come Get It! went Double Platinum and reached the R&B Top Five. Brockert was a backing vocalist on his second album, Bustin’ Out of L Seven. Berry Gordy tapped James to produce her album.

Lady T., as she was also called, connected with several different audiences. “I’m Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat It Too)” resonated with jazz folks. “Déjà Vu (I’ve Been Here Before)” became a Quiet Storm classic. “Every Little Bit Hurts” paid homage to Motown’s roots and featured James on a backing monologue that hinted of greater duets to come (like “Fire and Desire” in 1981).

Slick Rick’s vocals helped to make “I’m a Sucker for Your Love” the album’s biggest hit. It also featured an interesting uptempo cover of “Don’t Look Back,” the Temptations classic.

This album is available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

The album didn’t feature Teena Marie’s image, so many music fans didn’t know she was white. She was the first white female artist to appear on Soul Train, but not the first one at Motown. The label signed Pauline Matthews (Kiki Dee) in 1970.

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