Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Seinfeld" Character Actor Leonard King Lesser 2011 Sholom Cemetery

Leonard King Lesser (December 3, 1922 – February 16, 2011) was an American character actor, and comedian known as Len Lesser. He was known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo in Seinfeld,[1] which began during the show's second season in "The Pony Remark" episode. Lesser was also known for his role as Garvin on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Early life

Lesser was born in the Bronx in 1922. His father, a grocer, was a Jewish immigrant from Poland. Lesser received his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1942 at the age of 19.[2] Lesser enlisted in the United States Army the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and served in the China Burma India Theater during World War II.[3]


Lesser was a prolific character actor in film, TV and on stage. He has appeared on American television steadily since 1955 on scores of TV classics such as That Girl, The Untouchables, Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, 

The Outer Limits

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Get Smart

Family Affair, 

The Monkees

Quincy, M.E., The Rockford Files, The Amazing Spider-Man, Mad About You, 

All in the Family

Boy Meets World, Smart Guy, My Favorite Martian, 

The Munsters

and Castle. 

Lesser appeared in a variety of films including: 

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), 

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), 

Kelly's Heroes (1970), 

Blood and Lace (1971), 

Dirty Little Billy (1972), Papillon (1973), Truck Stop Women (1974), 

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), 

Supervan (1977), Moonshine County Express (1977), Ruby (1977), Death Hunt (1981), Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Grandmother's House (1988) and Baadasssss! (2003).[4]

Later years

Lesser had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as "Garvin," a friend of Frank Barone, who always lifted his arms in excitement whenever he saw Ray (just as Lesser did in his recurring role on Seinfeld as "Uncle Leo" whenever he saw his nephew, Jerry). He also appeared in Jeff Seymour's critically acclaimed stage production of Cold Storage at the University of Toronto's George Ignatieff Theatre.[5]


On February 16, 2011, Lesser died of cancer-related pneumonia[6] in Burbank, California, at the age of 88.[7] He is buried at Sholom Memorial Park in San Fernando, California. 

After learning of Lesser's death, Jerry Seinfeld said of him,

Len was one of our favorites. We always loved having him on the show. I'll never forget when Uncle Leo was in prison and tattooed 'Jerry Hello' on his knuckles. He was a very sweet guy.

Another Seinfeld cast mate, Jason Alexander, tweeted,

Thanks to all of you for your kind remarks re: Len Lessor [sic]. Tonight was the opening of Gigi at my beloved Reprise Theater Company and I've only returned at this late hour to hear the news. ... "Hellooo" Uncle Leo. And goodbye. Sleep well. Much love. Jason.[8]

Selected filmography

Shack Out on 101 (1955) - Perch 

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) - Reporter at Sparring Session (uncredited) 
Lust for Life (1956) - Cartoonist (uncredited) 
The Rack (1956) - Officer (uncredited)
This Could Be the Night (1957) - Piano Tuner (uncredited)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957) - Sam (uncredited)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958) - Jailer (uncredited)
I Want to Live! (1958) - Charlie, Newspaperman (uncredited)
Some Came Running (1958) - Indianapolis Poker Player (uncredited)
Crime and Punishment U.S.A. (1959) - Desk Officer
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) - Waiter at Sardi's (uncredited)
Bells Are Ringing (1960) - Charlie Bessemer (uncredited)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - Burns (uncredited)

Smog (1962) - Lelio Marpicati
McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965) - NKVD commissar
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) - North Dakota Pete

Fireball 500 (1966) - Man in Garage

The Last Challenge (1967) - Ed - the Bartender (uncredited)
Kelly's Heroes (1970) - Sergeant Bellamy
Bonanza (1970) - Fred Gaskell
Blood and Lace (1971) - Tom Kredge
Dirty Little Billy (1972) - Slits
Slither (1973) - Jogger
Papillon (1973) - Guard
Truck Stop Women (1974) - Winter
Death Wish (1974) - Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) - Abe

Supervan (1977) - Banks
Moonshine County Express (1977) - Scoggins
Joyride to Nowhere (1977) - Charlie
Ruby (1977) - Barney
House Calls (1978) - Waiter
The Main Event (1979) - Trainer At Big Bear
Take This Job and Shove It (1981) - Roach
Death Hunt (1981) - Lewis
Du-beat-e-o (1984) - Hendricks
Grandmother's House (1988) - Grandfather
Faith (1990) - Uncle Sal
Sorority Girls and the Creature from Hell (1990) - Tex
Ain't No Way Back (1990) - Papa Campbell
Rave Review (1994) - Al
True Friends (1998) - Mr. Slotnick
The Werewolf Reborn! (1998)
Baadasssss! (2003) - Manny and Mort Goldberg
Raw Footage (2005) - Grampa Joey
Frankenstein and the Werewolf Reborn! (2005) - Inspector Krol


1. "Uncle Leo".

2. Weber, Bruce. "Len Lesser, Uncle Leo on 'Seinfeld', Dies at 88", The New York Times. 2011-02-17.

3. Obituary,, February 17, 2011.

4. Len Lesser on IMDb

5. "First Person: Len Lesser on Uncle Leo's new life". National Post.

6. Allen, Floyd (February 18, 2011). "Len Lesser dies at 88, due to cancer-related pneumonia".

7. Seinfeld's 'Uncle Leo' dead at 88,, February 16, 2011.

8. Zakarin, Jordan (February 17, 2011). "Uncle Leo's 'Seinfeld' Scenes: Jerry Remembers His Favorite". Huffington Post.

Friday, February 15, 2019

"News Hounds" Actress & Dancer Nita Bieber 1926-2019 Memorial Video

Nita Gale Bieber (July 18, 1926[2] – February 4, 2019[3]) was an American actress and dancer.

Professional career

In 1946, Bieber appeared in a couple of films for Columbia Pictures, most notably Rhythm and Weep with the Three Stooges. In 1947, she appeared in three more films for Columbia and also appeared in a couple of Monogram flicks, most notably as Mame in the Bowery Boys movie News Hounds. She was featured in a full-page photo on the cover of the November 28, 1949, issue of Life magazine.

The article described her 7-year contract with MGM and Nita's big dance number in the new movie musical Nancy Goes to Rio; but her dance was not included in the final release (it does, however, appear in the home video DVD version). Nita appeared in movies for MGM and Universal until 1955. She appeared as the character Sarah Higgins in Summer Stock, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Bieber also worked with stars such as Tony Curtis (The Prince Who Was a Thief), Hedy Lamarr (A Lady Without Passport), and Larry Fine Rhythm and Weep). Her final movie before retiring was Kismet (1955) with Howard Keel and Vic Damone.

The Nita Bieber Dancers

Bieber was the creator of her own dance group, The Nita Bieber Dancers, which gave short performances produced in 1951-1952 for local television stations needing "filler" programming, including those for Jerry Gray (1950) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1954; with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis). They headlined in Las Vegas (El Rancho Vegas, 1951, with Benny Goodman) and in 1952 were showcased at the Frontier Hotel.

Personal life

Bieber was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Callie Mae (Robbins) and William Carl Bieber.[2] She married Dr. Jack Wall, a dentist and an active member of the University of Southern California whom she met on a steamer in 1949. They had two children.

On February 17, 2007, there was a reunion of the women who appeared with the Three Stooges at the Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, California. That same day, Bieber did an interview for the Three Stooges compilation DVD produced by Sony Pictures.


Year Title Role

1946 Talk About a Lady Herself (dancer)
1946 Rhythm and Weep Hilda
1947 The Lone Wolf in Mexico Cute hotel maid
1947 Little Miss Broadway Herself Dancer
1947 Millie's Daughter Model
1947 News Hounds Mame
1950 A Lady Without Passport Cuban Dancer
1950 Summer Stock Sarah Higgins
1950 Jerry Gray and the Band of Today The Nita Bieber Dancers
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief Cahena
1952 Don Cornell Sings Herself (dancer)
1955 Kismet Herself (dancer)


Year Title Role

1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (episode #44) The Nita Bieber Dancers
1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (episode #45) The Nita Bieber Dancers 


1. "Overview for Nita Bieber". Turner Classic Movies.
2. "California, Birth Index, July 18, 1926".
3. "Nita Bieber, Former Dancer, Actress and MGM Contract Player, Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"All My Children" Actress Candice Earley 1950-2019 Memorial Video

Candice Jean Earley (August 18, 1950 – January 31, 2019) was an American actress born in Texas.


Earley was born in Fort Hood, Texas to Harold and Jean (née Daily) Earley. While she had Broadway roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease, she is most famous for her role as Donna Beck Tyler Cortland Sago Tyler on the soap opera All My Children, a role she played from 1976 to 1992.[1] Donna was originally a troubled youth, who was a runaway and a prostitute. In her first appearance on All My Children, Donna is found in a hospital bed and in a coma after being beaten up by her pimp, Tyrone. However, the actress playing the part of Donna was not Candice Earley, but a different actress originally hired to play the part. The producers were unsatisfied with the acting ability of this actress, and Earley was hired to play the part, which was slated to be a short-term role.

Earley's portrayal proved popular with viewers, and won an award for Most Exciting New Actress in the first annual Soapies held in 1977 (these awards are now known as the Soap Opera Digest Awards). Over time, the character of Donna grew into a mature woman with a gift for singing. Earley was written out of the show in 1992.


Early died on January 31, 2019 after an 8-year battle with Multiple system atrophy.[2]


1. Rogers, Rick (8 June 1997). "Oklahoma Actress Reminisces About Experiences in "Grease"". The Oklahoman.
2. "Candice Earley Nolan". The Lawton Constitution. 3 February 2019.

Singer & Musician Al Jarreau 2017 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery

Alwin Lopez "Al" Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the late-1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World."

Early life and career

Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 12, 1940,[1] the fifth of six children. The Jarreau website refers to Reservoir Avenue, the name of the street where he lived. Jarreau's father was a Seventh-day Adventist Church minister and singer, and his mother was a church pianist. Jarreau and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings.[2]

Jarreau was student council president and Badger Boys State delegate for Lincoln High School. At Boys State, he was elected governor.[3] Jarreau went on to attend Ripon College, where he also sang with a group called the Indigos. He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology.[1] Two years later, in 1964, he earned a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa. Jarreau also worked as a rehabilitation counselor in San Francisco, and moonlighted with a jazz trio headed by George Duke. In 1967, he joined forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez.[4] The duo became the star attraction at a small Sausalito night club called Gatsby's. This success contributed to Jarreau's decision to make professional singing his life and full-time career.[5]


In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary occupation. In 1969, Jarreau and Martinez headed south, where Jarreau appeared at Dino's, The Troubadour, and Bitter End West. Television exposure came from Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and David Frost. He expanded his nightclub appearances, performing at The Improv between the acts of such rising stars as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi.[6] During this period, he became involved with the United Church of Religious Science and the Church of Scientology. Also, roughly at the same time, he began writing his own lyrics, finding that his Christian spirituality began to influence his work.[2]

In 1975, Jarreau was working with pianist Tom Canning when he was spotted by Warner Bros. Records. On Valentine's Day 1976 he sang on the thirteenth episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live, that week hosted by Peter Boyle.[7] Soon he released his critically acclaimed debut album, We Got By, which catapulted him to international fame and won an Echo Award (the German equivalent of the Grammys in the United States). A second Echo Award would follow with the release of his second album, Glow.[8] In 1978, he won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, Look To The Rainbow.[9]

One of Jarreau's most commercially successful albums is Breakin' Away (1981), which includes the hit song "We're in This Love Together." He won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Breakin' Away.[10] In 1984, his single "After All" reached 69 on the US Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the R and B chart. It was especially popular in the Philippines. His last big hit was the Grammy-nominated theme to the 1980s American television show Moonlighting, for which he wrote the lyrics. Among other things, he was well known for his extensive use of scat singing (for which he was called "Acrobat of Scat"[11]), and vocal percussion. He was also a featured vocalist on USA for Africa's "We Are the World" in which he sang the line, "...and so we all must lend a helping hand." Another charitable media event, HBO's Comic Relief, featured him in a duet with Natalie Cole singing the song "Mr. President," written by Joe Sterling, Mike Loveless, and Ray Reach.[12]

Jarreau took an extended break from recording in the 1990s. As he explained in an interview with Jazz Review: "I was still touring, in fact, I toured more than I ever had in the past, so I kept in touch with my audience. I got my symphony program under way, which included my music and that of other people too, and I performed on the Broadway production of Grease. I was busier than ever! For the most part, I was doing what I have always done...perform live. I was shopping for a record deal and was letting people know that there is a new album coming. I was just waiting for the right label (Verve), but I toured more than ever."[13] In 2003, Jarreau and conductor Larry Baird collaborated on symphony shows around the United States, with Baird arranging additional orchestral material for Jarreau's shows.[14][15][16]

Jarreau toured and performed with Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Gregor Praecht, Miles Davis, George Duke, David Sanborn[17] Rick Braun, and George Benson. He also performed the role of the Teen Angel in a 1996 Broadway production of Grease. On March 6, 2001, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.[18] In 2006, Jarreau appeared in a duet with American Idol finalist Paris Bennett during the Season 5 finale and on Celebrity Duets singing with actor Cheech Marin. In 2010, Jarreau was a guest on a Eumir Deodato album, with the song "Double Face" written by Jarreau, Deodato, and Nicolosi. The song was produced by the Italian company Nicolosi Productions. On February 16, 2012, he was invited to the famous Italian Festival di Sanremo to sing with the Italian group Matia Bazar.

Personal life

Jarreau was married twice. Jarreau and Phyllis Hall were married from 1964 until their divorce in 1968.[5][11] Jarreau's second wife was model Susan Elaine Player, who was fourteen years his junior. They were married from 1977 until his death in 2017 and had a son.[19] In 2009, children's author Carmen Rubin published the story Ashti Meets Birdman Al, inspired by Jarreau's music.[20] He wrote the foreword for the book and read from it across the world. Al and Carmen worked together to promote literacy and the importance of keeping music alive in children.

Illness and death

It was reported on July 23, 2010, that Jarreau was critically ill at a hospital in France, after performing in Barcelonnette, and was being treated for respiratory problems and cardiac arrhythmias.[21][22] Jarreau was conscious, in stable condition, and in the cardiology unit of La Timone hospital in Marseilles, the Marseilles Hospital Authority said. He remained there for about a week for tests.[23]

In June 2012, Jarreau was diagnosed with pneumonia, which caused him to cancel several concerts in France.[24] Jarreau made a full recovery and continued to tour extensively for the next 5 years until February 2017.[25][26]

On February 8, 2017, after being hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles, Jarreau cancelled his remaining 2017 tour dates.[27] On that date, the Montreux Jazz Academy, part of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, announced Jarreau would not return as a mentor to ten young artists, as he had done in 2015.[28][29]

On February 12, 2017, Jarreau died of respiratory failure, at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement.[11][30][31]

He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills.

Discography source:[32]


1975: We Got By (Reprise) US# 209
1976: Glow (Reprise) – US# 132, R and B No. 30, Jazz# 9
1978: All Fly Home (Warner Bros.) – US# 78, R and B# 27, Jazz# 2
1980: This Time (Warner Bros.) – US# 27, R and B# 6, Jazz# 1
1981: Breakin' Away (Warner Bros.) – US# 9, R and B# 1, Jazz# 1, UK# 60
1983: Jarreau (Warner Bros.) – US# 13, R and B# 4, Jazz# 1, UK# 39
1984: High Crime (Warner Bros.) – US# 49, R and B# 12, Jazz# 2, UK# 81
1985: 1965 (Bainbridge Records, recorded in mid-1965 and originally entitled My Favourite Things - Circa 1965)[33]
1986: L Is for Lover (Warner Bros.) – US# 81, R and B# 30, Jazz# 9, UK# 45
1988: Heart's Horizon (Reprise) – US# 75, R and B# 10, Jazz# 1
1992: Heaven and Earth (Warner Bros.) – US# 105, R and B# 30, Jazz# 2
2000: Tomorrow Today (Verve) – US# 137, R and B# 43, Jazz# 1
2002: All I Got (Verve) – US# 137, R and B# 43, Jazz# 3
2004: Accentuate the Positive (Verve) – Jazz# 6
2006: Givin' It Up (with George Benson) (Concord) – US# 58, R and B# 14, Jazz# 1
2008: Christmas (Rhino) – Jazz# 5[34]
2014: My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (Concord)[35]

Live albums

1977: Look to the Rainbow (Warner Bros.) – US# 49, R and B# 19, Jazz# 5
1984: In London (Warner Bros.) – US# 125, R and B# 55, Jazz# 10. Sometimes titled Live in London.
1994: Tenderness (Warner Bros.) US# 114, R and B# 25, Jazz# 2. Recorded live in a studio in front of an invited audience.
2012: Al Jarreau and The Metropole Orkest: LIVE (Concord)
2011: Al Jarreau And The George Duke Trio: Live At The Half/Note 1965, Volume 1 (BPM Records).[36]


1996: Best Of Al Jarreau (Warner Bros.) – Jazz No. 8
2008: Love Songs (Rhino)
2009: An Excellent Adventure: The Very Best Of Al Jarreau (Rhino)[37] (This compilation holds one previously unreleased track: "Excellent Adventure")

After Jarreau's breakthrough in 1975 an almost uncountable number of compilations of earlier recordings from 1965 to 1973 have emerged, including some or all of the following songs:

Various composers

"My Favorite Things" (5:02, Hammerstein, Rodgers)
"Stockholm Sweetnin'" (5:50, Jones)
"A Sleepin' Bee" (5:52, Arlen, Capote)
"The Masquerade Is Over" (6:34, Magidson, Wrubel)
"Sophisticated Lady" (4:14, Ellington, Mills, Parish)
"Joey, Joey, Joey" (3:42, Loesser)


1976: "Rainbow in Your Eyes" – R and B No. 92
1977: "Take Five" – R and B No. 91
1978: "Thinkin' About It Too" – R and B No. 55
1980: "Distracted" – R and B No. 61
1980: "Gimme What You Got" – R and B No. 63
1980: "Never Givin' Up" – R and B No. 26
1981: "We're in This Love Together" – US No. 15, R and B No. 6, UK No. 55
1982: "Breakin' Away" – US No. 43, R and B No. 25
1982: "Teach Me Tonight" – US No. 70, R and B No. 51
1982: "Your Precious Love", duet with Randy Crawford – R and B No. 16
1982: "Roof Garden" – NL No. 2
1983: "Boogie Down" – US No. 77, R and B No. 9, UK No. 63, NL No. 14
1983: "Mornin'" – US No. 21, R and B No. 6, UK No. 28, NL No. 16
1983: "Trouble in Paradise" – US No. 63, R and B No. 66, UK No. 36
1984: "After All" – US No. 69, R and B No. 26
1985: "Raging Waters" – R and B No. 42
1986: "L Is for Lover" – R and B No. 42
1986: "Tell Me What I Gotta Do" – R and B No. 37
1986: "The Music of Goodbye" (from Out Of Africa), duet with Melissa Manchester – AC No. 16
1987: "Moonlighting" (from Moonlighting) – US No. 23, R and B No. 32, UK No. 8, AC No. 1
1988: "So Good" R and B No. 2
1989: "All of My Love" – R and B No. 69
1989: "All or Nothing at All" – R and B No. 59
1992: "Blue Angel" – R and B No. 74
1992: "It's Not Hard to Love You" – R and B No. 36
1998: "Smile/Pierrot", duet with Gregor Prächt
2001: "In My Music" (with Phife Dawg)[34]

Soundtrack inclusions

1982: "Girls Know How," in the film Night Shift (Warner Bros)
1984: "Moonlighting (theme)" and "Since I Fell for You", in the television show Moonlighting (Universal)
1984: "Boogie Down," in the film Breakin' (Warner Bros)
1984: "Million Dollar Baby," in the film City Heat (Warner Bros)
1986: "The Music of Goodbye," duet with Melissa Manchester, in the film Out of Africa (MCA Records)
1989: "Never Explain Love," in the film Do the Right Thing (Motown)
1992: "Blue Skies," in the film Glengarry Glen Ross (New Line Cinema)
1992: "Heaven Is," in the film The Magic Voyage (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen)

Guest appearances

1978: "Hot News Blues" from Secret Agent/Chick Corea (Polydor)
1979: "Little Sunflower" from The Love Connection/Freddie Hubbard (Columbia)
1983: "Bet Cha Say That to All the Girls" from Bet Cha Say That to All the Girls/Sister Sledge (Cotillion)
1985: "We Are the World" from We Are the World/USA for Africa (Columbia) US No. 1, R and B No. 1 UK No. 1
1986: "Since I Fell for You" from Double Vision/Bob James & David Sanborn (Warner Bros.)
1987: "Day by Day" from City Rhythms/Shakatak
1997: "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" from Doky Brothers 2/Chris Minh Doky/Niels Lan Doky (Blue Note Records)
1997: "Girl from Ipanema" and "Waters of March" from A Twist of Jobim/Lee Ritenour (GRP)
2010: "Whisper Not" from New Time, New Tet/Benny Golson (Concord Jazz)
1974: "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" from Body Heat/Quincy Jones (A and M) (Jarreau provides background scat and vocal percussion.)
1982: "Your Precious Love (w/Randy Crawford)" from Casino Lights: Recorded Live At Montreux, Switzerland (Various Artists) (Warner Bros.)
2000: "Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!" (David Benoit album)
1998: "Smile and Pierrot (w/Gregor Prächt)" with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, David Benoit, arranged by George Duke
2006: "Take Five (w/Kurt Elling)" from Legends Of Jazz With Ramsey Lewis Showcase (Various Artists) (LRS Media)
1989: "Somehow Our Love Survives" from Spellbound/Joe Sample (Warner Bros.)

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Awarded Category Nomination Notes Wins

1978 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Look to the Rainbow (1977)
1979 All Fly Home (1978)
1981 Best Recording for Children In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record (1980) Together with other artists
1982 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Breakin' Away (1981)
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk" (1981)
1993 Best R and B Vocal Performance, Male Heaven and Earth (1992)
2007 Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance "God Bless the Child" (2006) Together with George Benson and Jill Scott


1981 Best R and B Vocal Performance, Male "Never Givin' Up" (1980)
1982 Album of the Year Breakin' Away (1981) Together with Jay Graydon
1984 Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Jarreau (1983) For Jay Graydon
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical For Jay Graydon, Ian Eales and Eric Prestis
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "Mornin'" (1983) For David Foster, Jay Graydon and Jeremy Lubbock
"Step by Step" (1983) Together with Tom Canning, Jay Graydon and Jerry Hey
1985 Best R and B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Edgartown Groove" (1984) Together with Kashif
1986 Best R and B Vocal Performance, Male High Crime (1984)
1987 "Since I Fell for You" (1986)
1988 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male "Moonlighting (theme)" (1987) from the TV series Moonlighting (1987)
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television Together with Lee Holdridge
1990 Best Male R and B Vocal Performance Heart's Horizon (1988)
1995 "Wait for the Magic" (1994)
2005 Best Jazz Vocal Album Accentuate the Positive (2004)
2007 Best R and B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Breezin'" (2006) Together with George Benson
2013 Best Jazz Vocal Album Live (2012) Together with The Metropole Orkest
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "Spain (I Can Recall)" (2012) For Vince Mendoza
Best Children's Album JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale (2012) Together with James Murray and other artists

Hall of Fame

Year Awarded Award

2001 Hollywood Walk of Fame
2012 SoulMusic Hall of Fame at
Honorary degrees

Year Awarded Degree University

1991 Honorary Doctorate of Music Berklee College of Music[39]
2004 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee[40]

Graduated Degrees

B.SC. Physical Therapy M.A. Rehabilitation Therapy


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