Nooks remembers Al
By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment email@example.com
AL Jarreau touched many fans across the world with his timeless blend of pop, R&B, and jazz.
One of those fans was reggae singer, George Nooks.
“A my singer dat... He was a great singer,” said Nooks of Jarreau, who was known for his unique scatting and mellow delivery.
In 1982, Nooks covered Jarreau’s smash hit, We’re In This Love Together, for producer Donovan Germain. Sly and Robbie played on the track.
“It was me and Germain idea as it was a nice song. I love the song and everybody was in to it. I had to do something with it. A lot of things happened for me after that, especially in the UK... even Island Records picked it up,” said Nooks.
His version appeared on Gorgon Records, Penthouse Records and Revolutionary Sounds label.
Nooks said he had the pleasure of meeting Jarreau backstage at one of his two appearances on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival).
Jarreau performed here in 1998 and 2000 at James Bond Beach in St Mary.
“I met him once (in 2000). I wasn’t performing but I was backstage... He’s a nice brother and that evening he gave a great performance,” Nooks recalled. “He will surely be missed.”
Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy winner, died in Los Angeles hospital on Sunday. He was 76. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Days before, the Milwaukee native announced his retirement from touring because of exhaustion.
Jarreau’s biggest hit was We’re In This Love Together from the album Breakin’
Away. He was also a vocalist on the 1985 all-star song We Are The World.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, and a son, Ryan.