As announced by a statement on his website, Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau has died. No cause of death has been given, but he recently canceled all of his upcoming tour dates and had been hospitalized. He was 76.
Jarreau was born in Wisconsin in 1940, with his father being a minister/singer and his mother being a church pianist. Because of that, his family would sing at church concerts, and he developed an interest in music at a young age. After earning a degree in vocational rehabilitation and starting a career as a social worker, he moved to California and started singing in jazz clubs. By 1968, he was determined to make jazz his full-time job, and he eventually worked his way to becoming one of the most famous jazz singers of all time. As Variety notes, he’s the only singer to ever win Grammys in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories thanks to songs like “We’re In This Love Together,” “After All,” and “Never Givin’ Up.”
Listen: popular cover by George Benson and Al Jerreau featuring Paul McCartney:
|Paul with Al Jarreau, Larry Williams,George Benson, Patrice Rushen|