In his career, Al Jarreau was popular with pop, R&B, jazz, and Latin audiences, and he was a natural fit with the soft rock artists that are generally seen as “yacht rock” favorites. His biggest hits were in the appropriate time period (the late ’70’s and early ’80’s) and he won six Grammy awards and was nominated for a dozen more.
Al’s first big hit was “We’re In This Love Together,” which came out in 1981 and rose to #15 on the Hot 100 and #6 on both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in the US and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
His next big hit, 1983’s “Mornin’,” only reached #21 on the Hot 100, but reached #6 on the R&B chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and #3 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart. In 2006, his remake of the song wih George Benson on guitar reached #1 on the Jazz chart in the US.
Al Jarreau died of respiratory failure in Las Angeles in 2017, two days after announcing his retirement and one month before his 77th birthday. He left behind a legacy of great music, and is still popular on Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz Stations.
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