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Al Jarreau death stuns the world, cause of death unclear

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Los Angeles: Renowned singer, Al Jarreau, who won numerous awards including seven Grammy awards is no more. He breathed his last at a Los Angeles Hospital.

The 76 year old singer was not doing well for the last few days due to extreme exhaustion caused by long journey for his travel plans. Nonetheless exact cause of his death is yet to be announced.

Joe Gordon, the publicist of the renowned singer while announcing the death, didn’t reveal what cause the death of Al Jarreau.

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It was merely last week, when the singer announced his retirement from touring. His full name was Alwin Lopez Al Jarreau. Born on 12 March 1940, the singer was best known for his 1981 album Breakin’ Away and for singing the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting.

Al Jarreu had a very humble beginning in the jazz. He did decades of work in small bands that were not even known entities in late sixties. To be true, it was only in the year 1975, when came out with his first album at the age of 35. Nonetheless he gained instant success and fame and within two years after the launch of his first album, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.

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While writing in Rolling Stones some 39 years ago, Robert Palmer said, “Jarreau imitates the electronic and percussive hardware of the 1970s…But he does more than that. He stands there and makes it all sound natural, singing so sweetly and unaffectedly you’d think he just happened on this remarkable vocal vocabulary.” After winning awards and plaudits as a jazz singer, Mr. Jarreau found a wider audience with his 1981 album “Breakin’ Away,” which sold more than 1 million copies and included a Top 20 hit, “We’re in This Love Together.” The album won Grammy Awards in the jazz and pop vocal categories, propelling Mr. Jarreau to widespread stardom.

The renowned singer married twice. His first marriage, to Phyllis Hall, lasted from 1964 to 1968. His second wife was model Susan Elaine Player, whom he married in 1977. Jarreau and Player had one son together, Ryan.

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