Today would be legendary ‘blue-eyed soul’ singer Teena Marie’s 55th birthday.

This beloved California girl couldn’t just sing, she could sang. Her impassioned performance style and love for soul music earned her a special spot in the hearts of Black music lovers. That silky voice can be found on such classic hits as “Lovergirl,” “Fire and Desire,” and “Ooo La La La.” ESSENCE.com celebrates the legacy of the beautiful Lady Tee.

Here’s how celebrities remembered Lady Tee, who died December 26, 2010.

Friends and Family gathered to say goodbye to Teena on January 10th, 2010.

Happy birthday, Lady Tee! We will always love you!