A multiple Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated R&B singer who topped the charts in 1982 with “Baby, Come to Me” and again in 1990 with “I Don’t Have the Heart” has died. James Ingram died today, Jan. 29, after a battle with brain cancer, according to media reports. He was 66.
A singer, songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist, Ingram won Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1982 for “One Hundred Ways” and for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1985 for “Yah Mo B There,” a duet with Michael McDonald. He was nominated a total of 14 times for Grammys.
His “The Day I Fall in Love,” from “Beethoven’s 2nd,” was nominated in 1994 for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Ingram followed it up with another Oscar nomination the following year, for “Look What Love Has Done,” from “Junior.”
His many chart hits included frequent collaborations — with Patti Austin on “Baby, Come to Me” in 1982, with Linda Ronstadt on “Somewhere Out There” in 1986, with Quincy Jones, Al B. Sure!, El DeBarge and Barry White on “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” in 1989, and with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes on “What About Me?” in 1984, to name a few.
Choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, another collaborator and also a friend of Ingram’s, posted her reaction to his death on her Twitter page, which you can see below …