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Early Gold and New Spins

Al Jarreau

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Al Jarreau is perhaps best known for his genre-bending work of the late '70s and '80s, but with Early Gold and New Spins Jarreau chose to play it straight, leaving the arty stuff behind and turning out some fine, funky, and easily digestible retro-soul music. Though the concept behind the disc — covering only Bill Withers compositions, most of them obscure oldies — could have made for a much lengthier and weightier album, Early Gold and New Spins is about a different sort of vibe: accessible, feel-good soul and funk in the tradition of the O'Jays' best singles.


Born: 12 March 1940 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively), Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 12, 1940. The son of a vicar, he earned his first performing experience singing in the church choir. After receiving his master's degree in psychology, Jarreau pursued a career as a social worker, but eventually...
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