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Al Jarreau

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and try his hand in show business, playing small clubs throughout the West Coast.

He recorded an LP in the mid-'60s, but largely remained an unknown, not reentering the studio for another decade. Upon signing to Reprise, Jarreau resurfaced in 1975 with We Got By, earning acclaim for his sophisticated brand of vocalese and winning positive comparison to the likes of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Mathis. After 1976's Glow, Jarreau issued the following year's Look to the Rainbow, a two-disc live set that reached the Top 50 on the U.S. album charts. With 1981's Breakin' Away, he entered the Top Ten, scoring a pair of hits with "We're in This Love Together" and the title track. After recording 1986's L Is for Lover with producer Nile Rodgers, Jarreau scored a hit with the theme to the popular television program Moonlighting, but his mainstream pop success was on the wane, and subsequent efforts like 1992's Heaven and Earth and 1994's Tenderness found greater success with adult contemporary audiences.

A string of budget compilations and original albums hit the shelves at the end of the decade, but into the turn of the century his original output slowed down. That was until he signed with the Verve/GRP label in 1998 and reunited with producer Tommy LiPuma. LiPuma had produced Jarreau's ostensible 1975 debut, We Got By, and the pairing seemed to reinvigorate Jarreau, who went on to release three stellar albums under LiPuma's guidance, including 2000's Tomorrow Today, 2002's All I Got, and 2004's Accentuate the Positive. Givin' It Up, recorded with George Benson and released in 2006, was nominated for three Grammy Awards -- each one for a different song. Jarreau returned with his first ever full-length holiday-themed album, Christmas, in 2008. Four years later he offered a live recording, Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest: Live, performing alongside the Dutch ensemble. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Love it!
Be near you where hold so gently and dance with the warm feeling of you on my shoulder breathing into side of my face twirling you around the room.candlel i g h t . shine off that beautiful face of yours.
Want teach me something i don't no
Whimsical...
greatest songs by al j so romantic
Simply the Best!! Rooh!!!!!!
I say him in person in Minneapolis. . . t h e greatest performance to date in my eyes..Kool Jazz festival...h e wore out the crowd...they , we were all emotiuonally exhausted with JOY...what a performer... . A m a z i n g ! ! ! ! !
I want to hear his newer music but I always loved his early work too
These are the main reasons why I'm still having a good life. ....
Guy is good!!! My Man Jarreau��
this is the music from when i was young!
klewis2732
What can one say about Al Jarreau, except Great, inspiring, classy and on and on.
I love al jarreau music.
U can lean on me if u need help or sum 1 2 talk 2
Nice
Love love love al jarreau!!
One of my favorites. Love the vocal brilliance of Al, especially on the LPs We Got By and Glow. He was a tremendous talent.
Hometown Hero (Milwaukee, WI) I grew up listening to Al Jarreau! Classic, in my Top 10!
The first time i heard his music i was at Indiana Universtiy in the 80's
Have not heard this one before, and I'm a true Al Jarreau fan. One got away...but I like the groove, the rhythm. Nice! True Al form; funk, jazz, soul
tomman30
...breakin away from work...it is Friday!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I have some of his albums.
Sweet an mellow smooth an very very jazzy
Love love love you
Saw Al on the Johnny Carson show in 1981. I was blown away at his vocal abilities with scat and such. Instant fan. I loved the breaking away record. "Morning mr. Cherrio ..."
Interpretati o n is fundamental* 9 7 8 * ~ 5m14y~
AAAAAAAAAAAA A A A A A A A L L L L L L L L L ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
When are you coming to MIA
lyniere0
Just saw you in Galveston and man what a show........ . . . . y o u are such an awesome performer and person...I hope you keep your word and come back more often!! God Bless you and your family!!
Al the guy love your music bother
I love this song and the other song by Al Jarreau
I was privileged to break wine w/Al in 1988 while performing at the TX Jazz Festival in El Paso TX with a group of friends from the Jazz station who sponsored the concert. He came in after last call & we stayed in bar until the sun came up, just laughing & sharing stories...a night I will never forget. Remember Marty Robbins Al? That was me at your Albuq. concert a few years back...thank s for the great memories!!! May you continue giving us your light...Nama s t e . . . R o s e
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL!!
I got to meet Al this summer (happy birthday to me!) and he went out of his way to talk to everyone and sign autographs even though rain pushed the outdoor concert to well past midnight. Thank you Al, for the joy you have brought me and so many others. :)
Whats the matter Pandora One, don't you hear the similarities in style between Al Jarreau and Kem?
I love you to babe
One word, 'GENIUS! I never miss him, when he comes to the Midwest. Have pics with him. He's quite the gentleman and oh so suave....... . . . .
best song ever :)
Al Jarreau is cool and a great jazz singer
bpolzin9093
First song I played on the piano when I was 12!!! It was this song that changed the way I learned how to play. I HATED piano lessons with a passion!! One day, I decided to just play what I heard. It was then that I just the music flow through me. This song takes me back to that day, sitting on my piano bench..my fingers flowing.. Playing by ear was the key for me...but I may not be able to tell you what key I played!!
And i am a Singer who has sung his songs forevvvvver ❤️����������
A Voice Like No Other ��❤️
Don't read this cause it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop.this is so scary.put this in at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary because it really works.
Hearts Horizon...en o u g h said
I like the upbeat tempo of this station. What is Jarreau doing now?
jwillard369
Van Halen
I remember singing this song in my 8th grade graduation. #memories
What talented man!!!!
Love you Al .
I love Lean on me!!
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