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Al Jarreau, a vocalist whose music spanned jazz, R&B, and pop with songs like 'Breakin' Away,' died on Sunday (2/12/2017) in L.A. He is survived by his wife and son.
Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style was one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.
It’s not surprising that he perfected his technique to such an art. After all, he hadbeen singing since the age of four, harmonizing with his brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Music, however, was not always the major force in his life. He excelled in sports and was an above-average student throughout high school and college.