Singer-songwriter and record producer James Ingram has died following a battle with brain cancer. He was 66 years old.
The news of Ingram’s passing was confirmed by his long-time friend and creative partner, Debbie Allen.
“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” Allen wrote in a tribute on Twitter. “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,” Alllen said in a Twitter post.
Ingram, an Ohio native, started his career as a musician with the band Revelation Funk in 1970 and later played for Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye.
Ingram is best known for his work with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson (“P.Y.T.”), Michael McDonald (“Yah Mo B There”), Patti Austin.
He also had successful collaborations with Linda Rondstadt, Quincy Jones, Barry White, and Dolly Parton.
Ingram scored two Grammy Awards and won the award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, for “One Hundred Ways,” in 1982.
In the next decade, Ingram began composing original songs for films such as Sarafina!, Beethoven’s 2nd (with Dolly Parton), An American Tail, and Beverly Hills Cop II.
Ingram was also behind hits such as “The Day I Fall in Love”, “Look What Love Has Done” and “When You Love Someone.”