American music legend Al Jarreau dies at 76

  • Jazz and R & B legend Al Jarreau died at age 76
  • He was hospitalized due to exhaustion two weeks earlier
  • He is best known for classic hits like “We’re in this love together “and “After all”, among many others

Legendary American jazz and R & B singer Al Jarreau has died at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday morning, February 12, two weeks after being hospitalized for exhaustion. He was 76 years old.

The 7-time Grammy Awards winner earlier cancelled his upcoming tour performances and announced he will be retiring from the industry because of poor health.

Jarreau’s death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon.

“Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 5:30am LA time. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by Ryan, Susan, and a few of his family and friends,” said Gordon in a statement.

The voice behind the classic hits such as “We’re in this love together”, “Rainbow in your eyes” and “After all”, among many others, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to  Seventh-day Adventist Church minister father and a church pianist mother.

He went to Lincoln High School and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Rippon College in 1962. He also has a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa two years later.

After moving to San Francisco, where he worked as a rehabilitation counselor, Jarreau had to quit his job and pursue his budging music career.

It was through his second album “We got by” released in 1975 by Warner Bros Records that he finally gained international recognition.

He won his first Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for the album “Look to the Rainbow” in 1978. This was followed in 1979 ( Best Jazz Vocal Performance for “All Fly Home”); 1981 (Best Recording for Children  for “In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record”); 1982 (Best Pop Vocal Performance , Male for “Breakin Away” and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male for “Round, Round, Round Blue Rondo à la Turk”; 1993 (Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for “Heaven and Earth”); and lastly, in 2007 (Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Male for (“God Bless the Child”).

Jarreau is survived by his wife Susan, son Ryan, brothers Marshall and Appie, and sister Rose Marie Freeman.

Watch Al Jarreau’s “After All”: