Soulful RnB singing legend, James Ingram, passed away aged 66

Soulful RnB singing legend, James Ingram, passed away aged 66

- James Ingram's death was announced by his friend and choreographer Debbie Allen

- She, however, did not say what led to the singer taking his last bow in Los Angeles

- James died at the age of 66 and leaves behind his wife

- He will be remembered for his sensational songs like I Don't Have The Heart

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Songwriter, vocalist and soulful blues singer James Ingram, who was behind R&B hits like Just Once and I Don't Have The Heart, has taken his final bow at the age of 66.

Ingram, who sang songs to which hundreds have walked down the aisle, others got engaged to, and many more soaked in during heartbreaks, died on Tuesday, January 29.

Soulful blues singer James Ingram dies aged 66

The singer who saw hundreds walk down the aisle to his sensational songs, died on Tuesday, January 29, in Los Angeles, US.

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His passing-on was confirmed on by his friend and creative partner, Debbie Allen on Twitter. She said the singer died in Los Angeles and that she was blessed to have been close to him.

"I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," Allen wrote.
"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," she added.

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The cause of death of the 66-year-old singer, who got his footing as a musician with the band Revelation Funk and later played keyboards for Ray Charles, was however not revealed.

He was nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, winning best male RnB performance for his song One Hundred Ways in 1981 and best RnB performance for a duo in 1984 for Yah Mo B There.

Over the course of his career, he successfully collaborated with Linda Ronstadt, Quincy Jones, Barry White, and Dolly Parton. He also co-wrote Michael Jackson's hit song P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).

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Later, a time when songs from hit films often became radio hits, Ingram became a soundtrack favourite.

He featured in Somewhere Out There, a duet with Linda Ronstadt from the animated feature An American Tail. It was one of the biggest chart successes, reaching No. 2.

He was also heard on the soundtracks of Beverly Hills Cop II, Forget Paris and City Slickers.

Ingram’s survivors include his wife, Debra, whom he married in 1975.

Ingram will be remembered for an outstanding performance at the Kasarani Stadium during a visit to Kenya in 2012.

Among those who attended the performance was President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was then a presidential candidate.

More tributes have been posted on social media from friends and family who jammed to his amazing songs.

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