Thursday, April 18, 2024

James Ingram, Great R&B Singer, Dead at 66, Quincy Jones Says: “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical”


James Ingram, the great R&B singer and protege of Quincy Jones, has died at age 66. He suffered from brain cancer but had been in ill health for some time.

Ingram was the consummate singer, with a big, rangy voice perfect for ballads. His biggest hit was “Just Once.” But he also had duet hits with Patti Austin– “Baby, Come to Me”– and Michael McDonald– “Ya Moh Be There” among others. (He also made two records with John Tesh, but he will be absolved in heaven for those.)

Condolences to his family and friends including Debbie Allen, who posted a Tweet this afternoon.

Here’s an exclusive quote from Quincy Jones:
“There are no words to convey how much my heart aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother James Ingram. With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical. From the minute I first heard his voice on the demo tape for “Just Once,” to “One Hundred Ways”, his classic duet with Patti Austin “How Do You Keep The Music Playing”, “Secret Garden,” “We Are The World,” and all of our recordings, every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home. But it was really no surprise because James was a beautiful human being, with a heart the size of the moon. James Ingram was, and always will be, beyond compare. Rest In Peace baby brother. You will be in my heart forever.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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