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Jeffrey Osborne

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The possessor of one of the richest and most uplifting voices in R&B since the early '70s, Jeffrey Osborne helped power L.T.D. through several Top Ten Billboard Hot Soul Singles on his way to sustained solo success. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. At the age of 15, two years after his father died, Jeffrey began his career in earnest when he played drums for the O'Jays during a two-week stint. A group called Love Men Ltd. had a similar need when they later played Providence. Osborne obliged for the gig and subsequently joined the lineup full-time with a move to Los Angeles. Love Men Ltd. eventually changed their name to L.T.D., short for Love, Togetherness & Devotion, and Osborne eventually moved from behind the drum kit to center stage, where he has remained for well over four decades. L.T.D., which eventually added Jeffrey's multi-instrumentalist brother Billy to the fold, didn't gain much commercial footing with their first two albums for A&M. They reached full stride in 1976 with their third album, Love to the World, produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell. Its "Love Ballad," written by Skip Scarborough, put the band on top of Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart and made Osborne a star. In 1980, after he had fronted additional L.T.D. classics such as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "(Holding On) When Love Is Gone," Osborne departed for a solo career. Remaining with A&M, he recorded five albums of sophisticated R&B for the label throughout the 1980s. The first four of these full-lengths, Jeffrey Osborne, Stay with Me Tonight, Don't Stop, and Emotional, all peaked within the Top Ten of the soul chart, promoted with similarly successful singles including "I Really Don't Need No Light," "On the Wings of Love," "Stay with Me Tonight," "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)," and "She's on the Left." During this period, Osborne earned three gold album certifications from the RIAA and was nominated for as many Grammy Awards. Throughout the three following decades, Osborne regularly performed but did not record with as much frequency as he had during the '70s and '80s. After he released Only Human on Arista in 1990, he switched to a series of independent labels to release titles such as That's for Sure and Music Is Life, the former of which resulted in another Grammy nomination, and the covers albums From the Soul and A Time for Love. He returned in 2018 on the Artistry label with Worth It All, which featured a collaboration with son Jeffrey Osborne, Jr. and was inspired by late creative partner George Duke. ~ Andy Kellman & Kim Summers
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Top Tracks

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  2.   On the Wings of Love
  3.   You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)
  4.   Stay With Me Tonight
  5.   This Christmas
  6.   Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
  7.   The Shadow of Your Smile
  8.   You Don't Know What Love Is
  9.   We're Going All the Way
  10.   Only Human
  11.   Plane Love
  12.   Love Ballad
  13.   O Holy Night
  14.   Don't You Get So Mad
  15.   The Borderlines
  16.   Worth It All
  17.   All at Once
  18.   Shine On
  19.   Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
  20.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  21.   Every Little Bit Hurts
  22.   Knocks Me off My Feet
  23.   Pretty Thing
  24.   Caller Id
  25.   Feel Like Making Love
  26.   La Cuenta, Por Favor
  27.   My Heart Can Wait Forever
  28.   Soft and Slow
  29.   That's for Sure
  30.   Live For Today
  31.   Crazy 'Bout 'Cha
  32.   Come Midnight
  33.   Emotional
  34.   Who Would Have Guessed
  35.   Room With a View
  36.   Can't Go Back on a Promise
  37.   In Your Eyes
  38.   Let Me Know
  39.   Lay Your Head
  40.   If My Brother's in Trouble
  41.   Forever Mine
  42.   I'll Make Believe
  43.   Other Side of the Coin
  44.   Take Good Care of You and Me
  45.   My One and Only Love by Kamasi Washington
  46.   Nature Boy
  47.   Paradise
  48.   When I Fall in Love
  49.   When You Loved Me
  50.   Where Did We Go Wrong?
  51.   Wouldn't It Be Nice
  52.   Stay the Way You Are
  53.   Just Can't Stand It
  54.   Greatest Night
  55.   Let a Brotha Know
  56.   Baby, It's Cold Outside
  57.   Smile by George Duke
  58.   (They Long to Be) Close to You
  59.   Never
  60.   Don't You Get So Mad About It/ Really Don't Need No Light (Medley)
  61.   Hey Girl
  62.   People Get Ready
  63.   For What It's Worth
  64.   Close the Door
  65.   Ain't No More
  66.   One Love
  67.   I Don't Know
  68.   Say You've Had Enough
  69.   Was It Something I Said
  70.   All My Money
  71.   Come With Me
  72.   Call My Name
  73.   Kreepin'
  74.   Hot Coals
  75.   Is It Right
  76.   Love's Not Ready
  77.   Never Get Enough of Your Love by L.T.D.
  78.   Soweto
  79.   All Because of You
  80.   Stranger
  81.   Nitetime
  82.   Back in Your Arms
  83.   (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again
  84.   The Last Time I Made Love
  85.   When Are You Comin' Back?
  86.   Angels We Have Heard on High/Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  87.   Silent Night
  88.   Can't Wait for Christmas
  89.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  90.   The Christmas Song
  91.   The Little Drummer Boy
  92.   The First Noel
  93.   Christmas Time Is Here
  94.   Just a Little Snow
  95.   I'll Do It All for Love
  96.   What a Wonderful World
  97.   The Power
  98.   She's on the Left
  99.   The Family
  100.   True Believers
  101.   Cindy
  102.   Getting Better All the Time
  103.   One Love-One Dream
  104.   (You Can't Get) Love from a Stone
  105.   Social Climbers
  106.   Saving My Love
  107.   Work It
  108.   A Time for Love
  109.   I'll Be Around
  110.   First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  111.   Yes I'm Ready
  112.   Love the Pain Away
  113.   Her Kisses
  114.   Rest of Our Lives
  115.   Music Is Life
  116.   Baby Wait a Minute
  117.   Work That Body
  118.   Second Time Around
  119.   You Can't Be Serious
  120.   A Second Chance
  121.   We Belong to Love
  122.   Loving Every Moment
  123.   The Morning After I Made Love to You
  124.   Greatest Love Affair
  125.   Don't Stop
  126.   Summer Nights
  127.   Can't Help Myself
  128.   Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
  129.   Teach Me Tonight
  130.   We Party Hearty
  131.   That Man
  132.   Can't Find an Easy Way
  133.   I Want You
  134.   Your Lover
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