Friday, November 10, 2006

Gerald Levert (1966-2006)

It is with regret we acknowledge the passing of Gerald Levert, soul singer, composer and producer who died in his sleep on November 10, 2006. Gerald was one of the relatively few R&B performers of the classic style that we just don't hear on the radio any more. Gerald was the son of the legendary Eddie Levert of the O'jays. Young Gerald and his brother would accompany their famous father around the US and the world. He was so amazed at what his father's group did onstage that he decided to follow in his father's footsteps. Gerald Levert's career took off with the release of the song "Casanova" in September of 1987( recorded with brother Sean Levert and Marc Gordon). This tune reached as high as #5 nationally on the Billboard chart. Gerald Levert returned to the top 40 with "Baby Hold On To Me"(with father Eddie Levert), "I'd Give Anything", Thinkin' Bout It" and "Taking Everything" My favorite Gerald Levert performance was when he appeared in the movie "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" where he performed a rousing rendition of Junior Walker's "Shotgun" accompanied by Tom Scott on the saxophone. It was one of the most memorable performances in a movie that was filled with many. It is indeed a tragedy that he has been taken from us a such a young age because I truly believe that although he has achieved tremendous success his best years as a singer-composer were still to come. At a mere 40 years of age he has left us too soon.

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