We are sad to report that Al Jarreau, the versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won numerous Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, has died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was just 76 years old.
His death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon, who said Mr. Jarreau had been hospitalized for exhaustion two weeks ago.
Days before his death his son reported that he caught his dad singing “Moonlighting” to one of the nurses in the morning. Wow!
Jarreau, who was surrounded by friends and family in the hospital, was a seven-time Grammy winner best known for hits like “We’re in This Love Together,” “Breakin’ Away,” “After All” and the theme song to the TV show “Moonlighting.”
A statement made on the singer’s website reads, “[Jarreau’s] 2nd priority in life was music… His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest. Song was just his tool for making that happen.”
Here is the statement from the Al Jarreau Facebook Page:
It is with the deepest of sadness to inform you Al 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. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time.
The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the @Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. A donation page is here: http://foundation4schoolmusic.org/lifetime-achievement-a…/…/ Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award from the Foundation October.
Our hearts and prayers go out his family and friends. He was truly gifted and his work will be enjoyed by many generations to come.
Thanks for the memories brother and Rest in Peace.
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
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