Thomasina Winifred Montgomery - also known as Tammi Terrell - was born in Philadelphia on April 29th, 1945 and died on this day in 1970.
Starting off as a solo act, she was signed to James Brown's label. A few years later, she was spotted by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, and was eventually paired with Marvin Gaye.
The two topped the R&B charts with their perennial hits: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", "You're All I Need to Get By". Tammi passed away from complications of brain cancer, just a month shy of her 25th birthday. Gaye was so devastated that he stopped performing live for three years.