Date
29 May 2017
File picture of Al Jarreau holding a Grammy trophy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for Breezin' on Feb. 11, 2007. Photo: Reuters
File picture of Al Jarreau holding a Grammy trophy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for Breezin' on Feb. 11, 2007. Photo: Reuters

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau dies at 76

Jazz and R&B singer Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner whose hits included We’re in This Love Together and Moonlighting, died in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 76.

His Facebook page said Jarreau “passed away this morning, at about 600am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends”, Reuters reports.

No cause of death was given.

Jarreau was hospitalized for exhaustion last week and forced to cancel his remaining tour dates for 2017, the news agency said. He announced on Wednesday he was giving up touring.

A post on his Facebook page on Thursday said he had been “recovering slowly and steadily”.

“His son reports that he caught his dad singing ‘Moonlighting’ to one of the nurses the morning … a very encouraging sign,” the post said of the theme song to the 1980s American television show starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd.

The Moonlighting theme, for which he wrote the lyrics, cemented his place in pop culture.

Jarreau was considered one of jazz’s greatest vocalists, with a mastery of scat singing and vocal percussion.

But his smooth, breezy hit We’re in This Love Together from the 1981 album Breakin’ Away made him a mainstream commercial success.

Breakin’ Away won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance. He also won Grammys for best jazz vocal performance, best pop vocal performance, best R&B vocal performance, and most recently in 2006 for best traditional R&B vocal performance along with George Benson and Jill Scott for God Bless the Child.

Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau in Milwaukee on March 12, 1940, his first album came out in 1975 and he made his Billboard chart debut in 1981 with We’re in This Love Together, Billboard.com reported.

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