Two for Tuesday: Al Jarreau (Yacht Rock)

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.

Next week, Top Ten Tuesday moves into this slot, while Two for Tuesday moves to Friday and becomes Five For Friday. Hope you’ll join us then!

13 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Al Jarreau (Yacht Rock)

  1. So smooth. I have a duets album with him and George Benson. Love it when it pops up in my shuffle. Happy Tuesday. Nice new segments. I’ve been seriously slacking on the blogging scene.

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    1. You’ll get back to it. I have faith.

      The Al Jarreau-George Benson duet on “Morning” ended up reaching #1 on the Jazz chart, and it sounds like that album has a few more goodies like that.

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  2. I don’t mind his music but it’s not my favourite. It was a shame when he died and a shock actually. Looking forward to the new change

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  3. Didn’t realise he was gone. Know him mostly for the Moonlighting theme but I’ve listened to his other music once or twice, without revognising any. Loving these tracks – this really is my taste in music.

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    1. He was essentially a jazz singer, but pulls in a lot of other genres, so he was hard to classify. You might even include him in the Easy Listening category. The Moonlighting theme is one of my favorites.

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