As a kid born in the mid-70’s, most of my musical influences started atound 1980’s when I got heavily introduced to all things television and radio music. And among my favorite artists at the time – even today – is Al Jarreau.
Sadly, he is no longer with us.
The smooth jazz vocalist has left us on February 12, 2017. He died about 9 a.m. ET in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife, son and a few friends, according to posts on his Facebook page and Twitter account. After being hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles on February 8, Jarreau cancelled his remaining 2017 tour dates and retired from touring. According to reports, he passed due to respiratory failure on February 12, 2017, exactly one month before his 77th birthday, and just two days after announcing his retirement
Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. Jarreau received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau, with a career spanning about 5 decades at least, is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away, for having sung the theme song of the late–1980s television series Moonlighting, and as a performer in the 1985 charity song “We Are the World“.