Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dead at 76

Singer Al Jarreau died Sunday (Feb 12) at age 76:

Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion, his manager Joe Gordon confirmed.

His official Twitter account says he died surrounded by his wife, son and a few other family members and friends. He was 76.

Jarreau was hospitalized earlier in the week and was said to have been improving slowly. The cause of his death was not revealed, but he had experienced a number of respiratory and cardiac issues in recent years.

The Milwaukee native won seven Grammys over the course of his half-century in music. His biggest single was 1981’s “We’re in This Love Together” from the album “Breakin’ Away.” Jarreau was also a vocalist on the all-star 1985 track, “We Are the World,” and sang the theme to TV’s “Moonlighting.”

Read the full obit at The Associated Press

The singer appeared on the American Idol season 5 finale in 2006 alongside Top 5 singer Paris Bennett. They performed a duet of “We’re in This Love Together.” FYI: The late great Prince appeared on the telecast as well.

Al Jarreau and Paris Bennett perform “We’re in this Love Together”

Moonlighting Theme

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