Thursday, January 31, 2019

Repost: R&B Singer James Ingram Dies at 66

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James Ingram, a Grammy winner known for his soulful R&B hits, has died, his friends and colleagues said Tuesday. He was 66 years old.

"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," performer Debbie Allen tweeted. "He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity."

A native of the US state of Ohio, Ingram launched his music career with the band Revelation Funk and later played keyboard for soul pioneer Ray Charles.

His rise to fame came after he lent his smooth vocals to the songs "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways" on an album recorded by industry legend Quincy Jones.

Ingram earned three Grammy nominations for the works, including Best New Artist, winning for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1981.

With Jones, he also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)."

"There are no words to convey how much my <3 aches," tweeted Jones. "With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James was simply magical."

"He was, & always will be, beyond compare."

Over his career, Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammys along with two Golden Globes and two Oscars, one for his duet with singer Patti Austin, "How Do you Keep the Music Playing?" that was featured in the movie Best Friends.

Ingram also joined singer Linda Ronstadt to perform the song "Somewhere Out There" from the 1986 animated musical adventure film An American Tail, which sees a family of Jewish Russian mice flee to the United States.

He also collaborated with high-profile artists including Donna Summer, Viktor Lazlo and Natalie Cole.

"Ingram’s rich voice and masterful songwriting has made a lasting impact on the music industry," the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, said in a statement. "Our thoughts go out to his loved ones during this difficult time."

23 comments:

  1. rip. just once ang favorite kong song nya =(

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    1. Ako somewhere out there

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    2. Same here. Batang 80s.

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    3. Rip din po mr. Ingram. Favorite song ko ang " I Don't Have A Heart".

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    4. Yun ang pambato sa videoke.

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    5. How do you keep the music playing? how do you make it last?😢...we will forever remember your music, rest in peace James Ingram🙏🏻

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    6. Gusto kong kanta niya yung "Fine One Hundred Days"....Why?????? He is relevant! While Im not and Im still alive!

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    7. Just Once, There's No Easy Way, How Do You Keep The Music Playing. RIP James Ingram :(

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  2. Fave ko lahat ng songs nya. Rip james ingram

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    1. Pagbasa ko pa lang ng pangalan nya Just Once agad yung naisip ko. Somewhere Out There was one of my favorite childhood songs. Haaay. PYT is one of my top Michael Jackson songs as well.

      Nakakalungkot. So many of my favorites have already passed. Millenial ako pero mahilig ako sa classic music ng 60s, 70s, 80s at 90s. Ngayon ko nga lang na appreciate yung music ng Jackson 5 (super ganda boses ni Michael esp yung Destiny album).

      RIP James Ingram.

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  3. Dang. I grew up with his songs. RIP James Ingram. Thank you for the gift of music.

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful songs you left us.it will always be in my playlist.

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  5. Oh. Ang bata pa din ha :(

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  6. Somewhere Out There...he held a lot of concerts in the Philippines in the 80’s

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  7. Everytime I fail in life I always play just once from him

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  8. There's no easy way to break somebody's heart :( rest in peace James Ingram thank you for Sharing your wonderful voice to the world.

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  9. Still too young to die. RIP. Just Once, is one of my fave songs.

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  10. Very sad news. His songs will live for generations. RIP.

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  11. Love his songs. #RIPJamesIngram🙏

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