Saturday Sounds: James Ingram

Once upon a time, say, about 30 years ago, there was a man with a big voice and a lot of soul. He sang with heart. He sang with passion. He was a class act.

That’s James Ingram. And during his heyday in the ’80s, he was my favorite male singer.

James Ingram

James Ingram

He collaborated with producer Quincy Jones on “One Hundred Ways” and “Just Once,”and won the first of his two Grammys for Best R&B Vocal in 1982. He also collaborated with the likes of Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin and Linda Ronstadt, complementing each singing partner beautifully.

In fact, I was lucky enough to attend a Portland concert where he opened for LaBelle and then joined her on stage for “On My Own.” Great performers, both of ’em.

I post this video with a nod to the era of big lapels and with respect to a great singer who I think never really got his due. The Afro is gone but he’s still touring internationally.

Photograph: jango.com

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