Grammy-Successful R&B Star James Ingram Useless At 66

LOS ANGELES ( – James Ingram, one of many largest stars in R&B music within the 1980s and ’90s, and a double Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee, has died at age 66.

Longtime buddy Debbie Allen confirmed the information on Twitter.

“I’ve misplaced my dearest buddy and inventive associate James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” she wrote. “He’ll all the time be cherished, beloved and remembered for his genius, his love of household and his humanity. I’m blessed to have been so shut. We’ll ceaselessly communicate his identify.”

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His first No. 1 pop hit was 1982′s “Child, Come to Me,” a duet with Patti Austin. He once more topped the chart in 1990 with “I Don’t Have the Coronary heart.”

He was well-known for his soundtrack work, most notably a duet with Linda Ronstadt on “Someplace Out There,” for the 1986 animated movie “An American Tail.” It reached No. 2 on the pop chart and gained the Grammy for Music of the Yr (with the award going to songwriters James Horner and Cynthia Weil).

Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammy awards from 1982 by means of 1996, successful for male vocal R&B efficiency for “One Hundred Methods” and for R&B efficiency by a duo or group for his collaboration with Michael McDonald, “Yah Mo B There.” Amongst his different Grammy nods was a nomination for finest new artist.

His Oscar nominations for finest unique track got here in 1994-95 for his theme songs from “Beethoven 2” and “Junior.”

He was the co-author, with Quincy Jones, of considered one of Michael Jackson’s largest hits, “P.Y.T. (Fairly Younger Factor).”

Ingram, who was believed to have been sick for a while, had not been prolific lately. His final album, “Stand (within the Gentle),” which had Quincy Jones as a co-producer, was launched in 2008.