Remember R&B Legend Al Jarreau

 

TDR is sorry to report that the Jazz, R&B and Pop Singer,  AL JARREAU (born Alwin Lopez Jarreau) passed away  February 12, 2017 at 76 years of age. Al was the fifth of six kids born in the family of a Seventh Day Adventist Preacher and his piano playing wife. Mr. Jurreau earned a Master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa and practiced in San Francisco, moonlighting with the George Duke Jazz trio.

 

In 1968 he became a singer full time at age 35, and in 1976 he released his first album WE GOT BY that launched his career. In 1981 AL released the album, BREAKING AWAY, that contained the single WE'RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER, that became his first hit and made him famous around the world, which he toured tirelessly for many years, and he also made numerous television appearances that pushed his brand.

 

Although he never got the personal popularity of an Al Green, he won seven Grammys and was nominated for at least a dozen more. Al Jurreau was the only artist besides Michael Jackson to win Grammy's in three categories: Jazz, Pop, and R&B. Mr. Jarreau had recently announced his retirement from touring because of extreme exhaustion. Here's our TDR Tribute to Al Jarreau with the official video with good Picture and Sound, of his signature song, "We Belong Together." @therealdonrocks 

 

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