Lady T (album)

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Lady T
Studio album by Teena Marie
Released February 14, 1980
Recorded 1979
Studio Capitol Records
(Hollywood, California)
Length 51:15
Label Gordy
Producer Richard Rudolph
Teena Marie chronology
Wild and Peaceful
(1979)Wild and Peaceful1979
Lady T
Irons in the Fire
(1980)Irons in the Fire1980

Lady T is the second studio album by American singer Teena Marie, released by Motown's Gordy label on February 14, 1980.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

Released in 1980. The album was produced by Richard Rudolph, and the track "Too Many Colors" features the then 7 year-old Maya Rudolph, daughter of Rudolph and his late wife Minnie Riperton. The album was dedicated to Minnie Riperton. Lady T was the nickname of Teena Marie at Motown Records. The packaging of Teena Marie's debut album Wild and Peaceful had not included a picture of the singer, and the image on the sleeve of this album surprised many people who had assumed she was African-American.

Lady T peaked at #18 on the Black Albums chart and #45 on the Pop Albums chart. Lead single "Behind the Groove" peaked at #21 on the US Black Singles chart and became Teena Marie's only top 20 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #6 in that country.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Behind the Groove" (Marie, Richard Rudolph) – 6:06
  2. "Now That I Have You" (Art Philips, Richard Rudolph, Claudia Talbot) – 5:32
  3. "Lonely Desire" (Marie, Richard Rudolph, Dwayne Wedlaw) – 4:39
  4. "Aladdin's Lamp" (Marie) – 4:55
  5. "You're All the Boogie I Need" (Mickey Hearn, Marie) – 5:44
  6. "Can It Be Love" (Marie, Dwayne Wedlaw) – 4:24
  7. "Young Girl in Love" (Jill Jones, Marie) – 3:55
  8. "Why Did I Have to Fall in Love with You" (Marie, George Sopuch) – 4:45
  9. "Too Many Colors (Tee's Interlude)" (Marie) – 3:10
  10. "Why Can't I Get Next to You" (Marie) – 3:58
  11. "Co-Pilot to Pilot" (Marie) – 4:23


  • Teena Marie – Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Nathan Watts, Eddie Watkins, Oscar Alston on "Behind The Groove" – Bass
  • Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion
  • Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer
  • Jeremy Lubbock – Fender Rhodes
  • Randy Waldman – Fender Rhodes, Piano, Synthesizer
  • Greg Hargrove, Tim May, Bob "Boogie" Bowles, Art Phillips – Guitar
  • Charles A. Glenn, Jr., Eddie N. Watkins, Jr. – Bass
  • Christopher Anthony Boehme, Paul Hines, Tony "T-Bird" Lewis – Drums
  • Gary Grant – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Kim Hutchcroft – Flute, Saxophone
  • Jerry Hey – Flugelhorn, Trumpet
  • Charles Loper – Trombone
  • Steve Forman – Percussion
  • Everett Bryson, Jr. – Conga, Percussion
  • James S. Stewart, Jr. – Piano
  • Thomas "T" Bumpass – Trumpet, Backing Vocals
  • William Carroll White, Jr. – Saxophone, Backing Vocals
  • Larry Williams – Flute, Saxophone
  • Ray C. Woodard – Saxophone, Backing Vocals
  • Bob Zimmitti – Cowbell, Percussion
  • Maya Rudolph, Dwayne Medlaw – Voices
  • Diahnne Abbott, Brenda Lee Eager, Linda Little, Jill Jones, Bill Thedford – Backing Vocals


Chart (1980) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 45
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 18


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1980 "Can It Be Love" 57
"Behind the Groove" 21 4


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Teena Marie: Lady T > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 04 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Teena Marie: Lady T > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Teena Marie US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Teena Marie US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 

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