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updated 10:19 AM UTC, May 20, 2018

Wisconsin Grammy Winner Al Jarreau Dies

  • Written by Wheeler
  • Published in News

Ripon College and Milwaukee's music community are mourning the death of seven time Grammy winner Al Jarreau.

The 76-year-old Milwaukee native died Sunday in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for exhaustion and announced last Thursday he would cancel his tour schedule for the rest of the year. Jarreau had a 50 year music career and was the only singer to win Grammy Awards in the rhythm and blues, pop, and jazz categories. Jarreau once said his love for singing really took hold when he attended Milwaukee Lincoln High School -- and he studied psychology and played basketball at Ripon College, graduating in 1962. Jarreau was given the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music's lifetime achievement award last fall -- and his family says any donations in his honor should be made to the school music foundation.


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