Happy Birthday, Gerald Levert!
The Levert family of singers are celebrated for their vocal prowess but their story is a tragic one. Two of the artists are gone too soon: Sean and Gerald Levert. The latter would've turned 49 years old today (July 13).
Gerald started as one-fourth of the group LeVert, which featured Sean, their father Eddie (founder of the O'Jays) and Marc Gordon. The group released seven albums with four of them going gold. The hit from that project was 1987's "Casanova."
After trying his hand at being a group member, Gerald had better luck as a solo artist. He was a mainstay on the R&B charts in throughout the '90s and even crossed over to a mainstream audience with hits like "I'd Give Anything," a country song remolded into a hot-hearted, twinkling performance. One listen makes it clear why it was the soundtrack of many wedding videos.
Along with some sporadic acting appearances on The Jamie Foxx Show and The Parkers, Gerald also got attention by teaming up with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill -- two other early '90s R&B heavyweights -- to form the super group LSG. The trio released two LPs -- Levert.Sweat.Gill and LSG2 -- with the slow-burning "My Body" being the lone hit.
Gerald continued releasing music until he died of a heart attack in 2006, after ingesting a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs. Eddie Levert, Gerald's father, ended up replacing his son in LSG after his passing. Gerald is survived by his three children.
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