Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Feb 2017 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Liberty section, Map #H36, Lot 2111, Companion Garden Crypt 1
Memorial ID 176264945 · View Source
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Singer. Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau, he was a Grammy-winning tenor who crossed different music genres. He got started in singing at an early age, singing with his family in church concerts and benefits. He continued singing through college and while he worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco. In 1967 he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez and the success of this duo led to him making professional singing a full time career. In 1968 he made jazz his primary focus and later went on to perform in nightclubs and on television shows. In 1976 he performed on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and that same year, released his first album "We Got By". He earned a German Grammy award for this and he would earn another with his second album "Glow". In 1981 he had one of his most successful albums in "Breakin' Away" which featured his hit song "We're in This Love Together". In 1984 his single "After All" hit 69 on the Hot 100 chart and 26 on the R&B chart. His last big hit was the Grammy-nominated theme to the 1980s television show "Moonlighting", for which he wrote the lyrics. He would go on to produce numerous albums and singles and received seven Grammy Awards for his work. He took an extended break from recording in the 1990s, but resumed in 2000. He continued touring and performing up until early February of 2017 when he stopped because of exhaustion. He was dubbed the "Acrobat of Scat" for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, and he had a particular gift for mimicking almost any kind of musical instrument or sound.

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