Sunday, November 26, 2006

Gerald Levert dead$file/Gerald+Levert.jpg

Levert first gained fame back in 1986, as a member of the R&B trio LeVert, which also included his brother, Sean. They quickly racked up hits like “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind,” “Casanova,” and “Baby I’m Ready.”

But Gerald Levert’s voice — powerful and soulful, almost a carbon-copy of his father’s — was always the focal point, and in 1991, he made his solo debut with the album “Private Line,” which included a hit duet with his dad, “Baby Hold on to Me.”

Levert became known for his sensual, romantic songs, but unlike a Luther Vandross, whose voice and songs were more genteel, Levert’s music was explosive and raw

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