Thursday, July 31, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Jeffrey Osborne
Jeffrey Osborne was one of the most popular R & B singers of the 80s. He had a tremendous run on A & M Records but Only Human was released after he left A & M. He was born Mar. 9, 1948 in Providence, RI the youngest of 12 children. His father Clarence "Legs" Osborne played trumpet in big bands. He moved to Los Angeles in 1969 to play drums in Love Men Ltd. This group would turn into the popular 70s group L.T.D. and Osborne was lead singer on hits like Back In Love Again. He left L.T.D. to go solo in 1981 and signed with A & M Records. Most of his singles were Top 30 pop hits and Top 5 R & B hits. His biggest hit was 1986's You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Osborne wrote a lot of his own songs and usually worked with producer George Duke. By the end of the 80s, things were slowing down for Osborne and his music was getting stale so he left A & M for Arista. His 1991 album Only Human returned Osborne to a more R & B groove produced by Barry Eastmond (Freddie Jackson). Only Human the single reached #3 on the R & B charts. This Hip-O comp covers Osborne's music with L.T.D. and his A & M years with Only Human thrown in so it's pretty complete. Not sure what happened at Arista but Osborne resurfaced in 2003 on Windham Hill's Private Music label but found himself without a deal when BMG acquired the Windham Hill catalog and closed the label. Jeffrey Osborne has repositioned himself musically in the Smooth Jazz market and now produces his own music through Koch Records. His most recent CD From The Soul is an album of covers and was released in Oct. 2005. Here's the video for Only Human by Jeffrey Osborne.