Joan Elise Sledge

Joan Elise Sledge (September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017[4]), better known as Joni Sledge, was an American singer-songwriter and producer. Sledge was best known as a founding member of the American family vocal group Sister Sledge. Sledge died from natural causes on March 10, 2017 at age 60.
The cause of death is, at this time, unknown, according to Billboard. The Philadelphia real-life sisters (Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge), rocketed to fame with their songs and strong family values at the height of the disco era. Their breakout record We Are Family peaked at #3 on the US Album Chart and went Platinum with such hits as ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’, ‘Lost in Music’, and the title track.

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Al” Jarreau March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017

Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American jazz singer.He won seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more
In 1968, Jarreau made jazz his primary occupation. In 1969, Jarreau and Martinez headed south, where Jarreau appeared in such Los Angeles hot spots as 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-star comics as Bette Midler, Jimmie Walker, and John Belushi. During this period, he became involved with the United Church of Religious Science and the Church of Scientology, but he later dissociated from Scientology. Also, roughly at the same time, he began writing his own lyrics, finding that his Christian spirituality began to influence his work.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 13th episode of NBC’s new Saturday Night Live hosted, that week, by Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein, Everybody Loves Raymond). Soon thereafter he released his critically acclaimed debut album, We Got By, which catapulted him to international fame and garnered him a German Grammy Award. A second German Grammy would follow with the release of his second album, Glow.
One of Jarreau’s most commercially successful albums is Breakin’ Away (1981), which includes the hit song “We’re in This Love Together”. In 1984, his single “After All” reached 69 on the US Hot 100 chart and number 26 on the R&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, 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 Al in a duet with Natalie Cole singing the song “Mr. President”, written by Joe Sterling, Mike Loveless and Ray Reach.
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.
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.
He toured and performed with Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Miles Davis, David Sanborn,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.
Al 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, Al Jarreau was a guest on the new Eumir Deodato album, with the song “Double Face” written by Nicolosi/Deodato/Al Jarreau. 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.
On February 8, 2017, after being hospitalized for exhaustion, he cancelled his remaining 2017 tour dates and retired from touring

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Sonny Geraci- lead singer of- Climax.

Emmett Peter “Sonny” Geraci November 22, 1946 – February 5, 2017) was an American musician and singer, best known as lead singer of musical groups The Outsiders and Climax.

Geraci first became known as the original lead vocalist with The Outsiders, a band from Cleveland, Ohio. The Outsiders recorded for Capitol Records, turning out four Top 40 hits: “Time Won’t Let Me”, “Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)”, “Girl in Love”, and “Help Me Girl”, which was arranged by Chuck Mangione.

Geraci’s biggest hit song was “Precious and Few” (first released as a single on July 16, 1971) as lead vocalist for Climax, which reached #3 on the Billboard charts.[2] Climax released their debut album, “Climax featuring Sonny Geraci”, in 1972. Despite the success of the single, Geraci never released another album with Climax and the group disbanded in 1975.A second album of material was almost completed but never released.
In 1983, Sonny assumed the pseudonym Peter Emmett for an MCA project called “The Peter Emmett Story”.Intended as a comeback vehicle for Geraci, he was backed in the studio by Donnie Iris’s band, The Cruisers. A band called North Coast, pictured on the album sleeve, was put together after the recording had been made with The Cruisers. The band played shows in the Cleveland/Akron area before disbanding a few years later. In 2002, he filled in for his friend Rob Grill as lead vocalist for The Grass Roots and became an honorary member of the band.
After 25 years away from the music industry, Geraci started to perform again and in 2007 toured under the name “Sonny Geraci and The Outsiders”. In April 2012, Geraci suffered a brain aneurysm (specifically, a cerebral arteriovenous malformation), requiring intensive care.
On November 15–16, 2013, a benefit concert for Geraci was held at the Z-Plex at Stringz ‘N Wingz in Streetsboro, Ohio. The benefit concert featured several musicians and groups including The Rip Chords, Dennis Tufano, Gary Lewis, Frank Stallone, Gary DeCarlo, Joey Molland, Terry Sylvester, Billy Joe Royal, Ron Dante, Pat Upton, Jim Gold, The Shadows of Knight, The Michael Weber Show, Johnny Farina, The Vogues and the 1910 Fruitgum Company.
Geraci died on February 5, 2017, at the age of 70

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