A Name to Call: Gerald LeVert

First Ed Bradley and now, Gerald LeVert.

From AOL Music:

R&B Crooner Gerald Levert Dies at 40

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY

AP

NEW YORK (Nov. 10) – Gerald Levert, the fiery singer of passionate R&B love songs and the son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, died on Friday. He was 40. His label, Atlantic Records, confirmed that Levert died at his home in Cleveland, Ohio.

“All of us at Atlantic are shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was one of the greatest voices of our time, who sang with unmatched soulfulness and power, as well as a tremendously gifted composer and an accomplished producer,” the statement read.

Levert first gained fame back in 1986, as a member of the R&B trio LeVert, which also included his brother, Sean. They quickly racked up hits like “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” and “Baby I’m Ready.”

But Gerald Levert’s voice – powerful and soulful, almost a carbon-copy of his father’s – was always the focal point, and in 1991, he made his solo debut with the album “Private Line,” which included a hit duet with his dad, “Baby Hold on to Me.”

Levert became known for his sensual, romantic songs, but unlike a Luther Vandross, whose voice and songs were more genteel, Levert’s music was explosive and raw – his 2002 album was titled “The G Spot.”

His most recent album was 2005’s “Voices.”

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I know the article doesn’t list a cause of death, but I can’t help but feel saddened by how poor our health is in general. We’ve gotta take better care of our bodies…no matter how rich or famous!

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~ by Anayah on November 10, 2006.

2 Responses to “A Name to Call: Gerald LeVert”

  1. Gerald will surely be missed. I have a lot of his music. The OJays, with his father Eddie, was the group back in the day. His father, family, and the music world has lost another great singer. 😦

  2. you’re so right. on friday night, one of the local radio stations here in ny was playing so all of his james, including “pop, pop, pop” (goes my mind) and “cassanova.” for me, gerald’s mixture of pure talent and old school sexed-up grittiness made him an infinitely interesting and entertaining artist to watch and listen to. he will surely be missed, indeed.

    p.s. thanks for dropping by and sharing a comment. sorry for taking so long to reply…it’s moving weekend!

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