Legendary Jeffrey Osborne
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Jeffrey Linton Osborne (birthed March 9, 1948) is an American Grammy— nominated singer— songwriter, musician and lyricist. Osborne is the former drummer as well as lead singer of the American R&B/ Soul band L.T.D.; with whom he started his music career in 1970.
Osborne in 2008
Jeffrey Linton Osborne
March 9, 1948 ( age 71).
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
R&B.,soul, quiet storm, adult contemporary, disco.
Singer-songwriter., musician, drummer.
A&M., Arista., Hip-O., Private Music., Koch.
Early life And His Family
Osborne was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Born the youngest of twelve children which consisted of five brothersand also six sisters, Osborne‘s family members was musically inclined. A few of Osborne‘s siblings went on to have music careers, his brother Billy Osborne was his band-mate in L.T.D. Osborne‘s dad, Clarence “Legs“ Osborne, was a popular trumpeter that played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Osborne‘s dad died in 1961 when Osborne was thirteen.
Osborne started his music career in 1970 becoming a member of the American soul band “Love Men Ltd.“, that would later come to be known as L.T.D. The band recorded hit singles such as “( Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again“(1977), “Concentrate on You,“ “Love Ballad“(1976), as well as “Holding On (When Love Is Gone)“(1978). In the beginning, Osborne worked asjust a drummer, sharing lead vocal duties with his brother Billy Osborne; however by 1976 he ended up being the band‘s primary lead vocalist. Osborne and also his brother both left the band in late 1980 to begin solo careers. Osborne‘s solo success consists of five gold and platinum albums.
In 1982, Osborne sang the opening song “I Just Want To Be Your Friend“ for the comedy film The Toy. Later, Osborne released his self-titled debut album in 1982, which included two hit singles, “On the Wings of Love“and “I Really Don’t Need No Light“(1982), peaking at # 29 & # 39 on the pop chart respectively. This was followed up the next year by Stay with Me Tonight, his first gold album (later reaching platinum album status), which generated two more hits, “Don’t You Get So Mad“ (# 25) as well as the title track (# 30). “Stay with Me Tonight“ (April 1984, # 18) and also “On the Wings of Love“ (June 1984, # 11) reached the UK Singles Charts.
In 1985, Osborne wrote the lyrics to the Whitney Houston hit “All at Once“ (music by Michael Masser). He appeared on USA for Africa‘s fundraising single, “We Are the World“in 1985. Osborne sang the unreleased single “Everything Good Takes Time“ which became part of a video tribute to Julius Erving (Dr. J) in 1987. He wouldlater on appear on Celebrity Duets in 2006, performing “On The Wings of Love“ with Alfonso Ribeiro. Osborne provided his vocals to the theme song of the daytimedrama, Loving, from 1992 to 1995in addition to the first season theme song for the Kirstie Alley comedy Veronica‘s Closet.
Osborne had two more gold albums, Don’t Stop and Emotional, the latter of which had his highest charting solo pop hit, “You Should Be Mine“, which peaked at # 13 in 1986. The following year, Osborne had the highest-charting hit of his career duetting with Dionne Warwick on “Love Power“, which reached # 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as likewise topped the Adult Contemporary singles chart. This was a turning point in his pop success, as his albumsand also singles began charting lower and lower on the pop charts. Osborne‘s 1988 single “She‘s on the Left“ would be his final Hot 100 entry, along with his only # 1 R&B hit.
In the new millennium, he returned with a series of albums that, while far from the success he enjoyed in the 1980s, returned him to Adult R&B radio, scoring modest chart singles such as “Rest of Our Lives“ (# 75, 2003) and his cover of Barbara Mason‘s classic “Yes, I‘m Ready“ (# 64, 2005). In 2008, Osborne sang the national anthem prior to Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a feat which he repeated in 2009, prior to Game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals, as well as likewise once again in 2010 prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, all at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He also performed the national anthem before Game 3 of the 1988 World Series, a feat he repeated two years later at Game 3 of the 1990 World Series, both at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. He alsofrequently sang the national anthem prior to Hartford Whalers games. On March 1, 2010, Osborne appeared on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love season finale, “After the Final Rose“, singing his hit “On the Wings of Love“ while Bachelor Jake Pavelka took to the dance floor with his newly announced fiancé, Vienna Girardi.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Jeffrey Osborne among thousands of musicians whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Osborne has been married to Sheri Osborne since 1983 and also together they have three daughters; Tiffany Nicole, Dawn as well as Jeanine Osborne and also one son; Jeffrey Jr.
1982: Jeffrey Osborne (A&M)— US # 49, US R&B # 3.
1983: Stay With Me Tonight (A&M)— US # 25, US R&B # 3, UK # 56.
1984: Don’t Stop (A&M)— US # 39, US R&B # 7, UK #59.
1986: Emotional (A&M)— US # 27, US R&B # 5.
1988: One Love: One Dream (A&M)— US # 86, US R&B # 12.
1990: Only Human (Arista)— US # 95, US R&B # 9.
1997: Something Warm for Christmas (A&M)— US R&B # 86.
1999: Ultimate Collection (Hip-O).
2000: That‘s for Sure (Private Music)—US # 191, US R&B # 50.
2003: Music Is Life (Koch)— US R&B # 50.
2005: From the Soul (Koch)— US R&B # 72
2013: A Time for Love(Jay Oz).
2018: Worth It All (Mack Avenue Records II).
The Young Messiah— Messiah XXI (2006) (DVD).
He sang with Vonda Shepard at the bar in the end of episode four (“ Without A Net“) of season four of the TV show Ally McBeal.
Pam sang the first bars of “On The Wings of Love“ from the album Jeffrey Osborne with Dwight‘s recorder accompaniment during a bird‘s funeral service on The Office third season episode “Grief Counseling.“.
A snippet of “On The Wings of Love“ is often used the E! show The Soup as a repeating joke whenever Joel McHale mentions the current Bachelor season. On March 5 he was nominated for one of The Soup Awards and lost to Heidi Montag. Regardless of the loss, he sang a parody of this song.
Guest starred on the Robert Townsend sitcom, The Parent ‘Hood.
Played in the 1988 TV movie, Ladykillers as well as was the showpiece song.
Guest starred on season 1 episode 17 of the TV series: Cosby. He sang “The Woo Woo song“.
Sang the theme song for the ABC Daytime Drama Loving, from February 1992 up until November 1995.
Sang Never Met A Woman (Like You) in Steven Eugene Grove (saxophonist)‘s also known as: “Euge Groove“ (2012) musical cd album House of Groove.
Awards And Honors
Osborne received the 2014 New England Pell Award for Artistic Excellence from Providence (Rhode Island)‘s Trinity Repertory Company in honor of his artistic achievements as well as philanthropic work in Rhode Island.
1984, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Stay With Me Tonight (Nominated).
1985, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Don’t Stop (Nominated).
1985, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, “The Last Time I Made Love“ (w/Joyce Kennedy) (Nominated).
2001, Best Traditional R&B Performance, That‘s For Sure (nominated).