Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dead at 76 After Checking Into Hospital for Exhaustion

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Five days after admission to a hospital for exhaustion, Al Jarreau died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 76. On February 7, Jarreau announced that he was admitted to the hospital due to exhaustion and would be retiring from performing.

Watch the official video for “We’re In This Love Together” from seven-time Grammy Award winning American jazz singer, Al Jarreau.

“Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30 a.m. LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan [his son], Susan [his wife], and a few of his family and friends.”

— Joe Gordon, the Jarreau’s publicist

Al Jarreau was born March 12, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up singing in church where his father was a Seventh-Day Adventist minister.

In the late ’60s Jarreau, who won 7 Grammys during his
career as a jazz singer, headed for California, where he performed in nightclubs and appeared on “The Tonight Show.” Jarreau extensively and played with people like George Benson, Miles Davis, Natalie Cole and Chick Corea.

In 1975 Jarreau appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and thereafter released his critically acclaimed debut album, “We Got By” — which made him an international recording star.

Jarreau’s big hits include “We’re in This Love Together” and “After All.” He wrote the lyrics for the Grammy-nominated theme to the television show “Moonlighting.”

In 1985, Jarreau was featured on USA for Africa’s “We Are The World” in which he sang the line, “… and so we all must lend a helping hand.”

Music video by U.S.A. For Africa performing We Are the World. USA For Africa 1985.

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Moonlighting 1985 – 1989 Opening and Closing Theme.

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