James Ingram, whose voice – technically accurate, clear and discreet, but at the same time full of daring feelings – made him one of the defining R & B singers in the 1980s, died. He was 66 years old.
Actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, a frequent Ingram contributor to musical theater projects, announced her death on Twitter on Tuesday, calling him her "dearest friend and creative partner."
She did not say where and when he died, and did not indicate the reason.
Just in the “quiet storm” phase of R & B, Ingrama was pulled out by producer Quincy Jones for off-roading to appear on his 1981 album, Dude.
Jones discovered Ingram on the “Just Once” demo written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, which he sang for $ 50. Jones loved not only this song, but the singer, and he called Ingram – who was obsessed with them at first – and invited him to perform “Just Once” and another song “One Hundred Ways” on this album.
Both songs became huge hits, breaking the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. In 1982, One Hundred Ways won the Ingram Grammy for the best male vocal performance of R & B.
Until Jones called him, Ingram was pleased in the background. “I have never been a singer; I never made a deal, none of this, ”he told The Chicago Tribune in 2012.
But his voice — stern, juicy, commander — was foreground material. His music was gentlemanly and romantic, the aural equivalent of courtship.
Born in February 16, 1952, he grew up in Akron, Ohio. He sang in the church choir — his father was a deacon — and taught himself to play the piano. After school, he left a scholarship to the track to focus on music, eventually moving to Los Angeles.