Legendary R&B singer James Ingram died from Brain Cancer on Jan. 29, 2019. He was 66 years old. Ingram has fought cancer for an extended period.
Debbie Allen tweeted the news on Twitter:
I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name.”
Ingram’s singles “One Hundred Ways” and “Just Once” appeared on “The Dude” from Quincy Jones. He was nominated for three Grammy Awards. “One Hundred Ways” won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1981.
The singer made Grammy history when he performed “Just Once” at the opening of the awards show. That performance was the first time he sang live as a singer. He also was the first to open the ceremony with a ballad, and the only artist in Grammy history to win an award without having his own album.
Nominated for 12 Grammy’s in his career, he won two. The first being for “One Hundred Ways” and the second for “Yah Mo B There,” his duet with Michael McDonald.
In 1984, he was nominated for three Grammy’s. His duet with Patti Austin “How Do You Keep The Music Playing,” Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.Y. (Pretty Young Thing)” that he co-wrote with Quincy Jones and “Party Animal” which was nominated for Best Male R&B Performance.
In Feb. 1983, Ingham and Patti Austin sang the duet “Baby Come To Me” which was popular on the television show “General Hospital.” “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?” earned him an Oscar nomination and was another duet with Patti Austin from the movie “Best Friends.”
In 1984 he teamed up with Kim Carnes and Kenny Rogers on the ballad “What About Me” which hit Top 40. He also participated in 1985 on the charity single “We Are The World.”
Ingram and Linda Ronstadt released in 1987 “Somewhere Out There,” the theme song from the animated movie “An American Tail.” The song won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1987 and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award.
He teamed up in the ’90s with Quincy Jones, Barry White and Al B. Sure on “The Secret Garden.”
Again in the 90s, Ingram dueted with Melissa Manchester, Dolly Parton, and Carnine Wilson.
Last September during a tribute concert for Quincy Jones birthday, Ingram was unable to attend, and Austin performed without him. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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