Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 - February 12, 2017) better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. Jarreau is best known for his 1981 album titled "Breakin Away", for singing the theme song of the late 1980's television series, Moonlighting, and performing in the 1985 charity song, "We Are the World". He won a total of seven Grammy awards.
Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the fifth of six children. Jarreau sang along with his family in church concerts and benefits, and he also performed with his mother at PTA meetings. Jarreau attended Ripon College. He made jazz his primary profession in 1968.
Soon after, he released his debut album We Got By, which generated international fame and gained him an Echo Award (the German award equivalent of the United States Grammy Awards). He received another Echo Award after his second album Glow. In 1978, he won his first U.S. Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, Look To The Rainbow. Jarreau released his most successful album titled Breakin' Away in 1981. The album includes hits such as "We're In This Love Together." In 1982, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Breakin' Away. In 1984, Jarreau's single "After All" reached number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The single also reached number 26 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Al Jarreau was married to his second wife model Susan Elaine Player at the time of his death. The two shared one son, named Ryan. Al Jarreau was hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles on February 8, 2017, and as a result, he cancelled his remaining 2017 tour dates and retired from touring. Jarreau died on February 12, 2017, of respiratory failure, one month before his 77th birthday and two days before announcing his retirement.
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