1983 Jarreau – Mornin’
Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee and grew up singing in church. While attending Ripon College, Al also sang with a group called the Indigos. He earned a degree in psychology and completed a Master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. He moved to San Francisco and began work as a rehabilitation counselor. He also sang at jazz clubs as part of a trio with George Duke. Al then became part of a duo with Julio Martinez, who played acoustic guitar. The two had enough success singing in clubs in the area that Al chose to pursue a full-time career as a singer.
Al recorded his first album In 1975. A year later, he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and his singles began to chart on the R&B chart. His first entry on the Hot 100 came in 1981 with his single of We’re in This Love Together.
The songwriters initially offered the song to Johnny Mathis, but after he showed no interest, it was offered to Al by mistake. His lucky break resulted in a single that reached #15 on the Hot 100 and #6 on both the R&B chart and the Adult Contemporary chart.
Al didn’t reach the Hot 100 again until 1983. His single release of Mornin’ reached #21 on the Hot 100, #6 on the R&B chart, and #2 on the AC chart. They made a video for the song that combined live action shots of Al over a cartoon background. For some reason, the single was issued as Jarreau instead of Al Jarreau.
In 1987, Al sang the theme song for the television show Moonlighting. The single peaked at #23 on the Hot 100, but topped the AC chart, making it his first #1 single.
Al and George Benson recorded a new version of Mornin’ in 2006 that featured George on guitar and Al scatting rather than singing. While the song failed to chart anywhere else, it did reach #1 on the US Jazz chart.
As early as 2010, they treated Al for respiratory problems, and in 2012 he developed pneumonia. He fully recovered and toured extensively for five years before dying from respiratory failure in 2017.
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