Legendary R&B singer, songwriter James Ingram dead at 66

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LOS ANGELES– Legendary singer and songwriter James Ingram died at 66-years-old Tuesday, sources say.

Ingram lost his battle to brain cancer, according to TMZ.

His passing was confirmed by his close friend actress, television producer and director, Debbie Allen.

“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” his dear friend Allen said. ” 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, an Ohio native with a velvety voice, won two Grammy Awards for ‘One Hundred Ways,’ in 1981 and for his duet ‘Yah Mo B There’ with Michael McDonald in 1984.

He also collaborated with other big names such as Quincy Jones , Michael McDonald, Ray Charles and Anita Baker.

He had two number one hits on the Billboard charts. ‘Baby, Come to Me,’ peaked at number one in 1983 and his hit ‘I Don’t Have the Heart,’ shared the same accolade in 1990.

Some of Ingram’s other biggest hits include ‘Just Once’ and  ‘Somewhere Out There.’ The latter, a duet with Linda Ronstadt, was on the soundtrack for ‘An American Tail,’  scored two  Grammy Awards wins and two Oscar nominations.

Ingram also enjoyed success as a songwriter. He wrote Michael Jackson’s ‘P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)’ on Jackson’s iconic ‘Thriller’ album.

Ingram is survived by his wife, Debra Robinson. The two married in 1975.


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