About Gerald Levert
Son of O’Jays lead vocalist Eddie Levert, Sr., R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Gerald Levert carried on the family tradition with two successful groups—Levert and LSG—and a thriving solo career.
• While still in high school, Levert formed the group Levert with his brother Sean and Marc Gordon. They released their first album, I Get Hot, in 1985.
• The group kicked off a string of four consecutive gold albums with 1987’s The Big Throwdown. The LP features “Casanova,” a No. 1 R&B hit that crossed over to No. 5 on the pop charts.
• By the time they split up in 1995, Levert had notched five No. 1 R&B hits.
• Gerald Levert balanced his work in the group with his own solo output, beginning with 1991’s Private Line, which topped Billboard’s R&B albums chart. The title track was his first of two solo No. 1 R&B singles.
• He also worked as a songwriter and producer for others, including Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, and New Edition. He collaborated with his father, Eddie, on 1995’s Father and Son album
• Alongside Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, he formed the R&B supergroup LSG. Their 1997 debut single, “My Body,” topped the R&B charts and crossed over to No. 4 on pop. Each of the group’s two studio albums—1997’s LevertSweatGill and 2003’s LSG2—went Top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
• Levert died in 2006 at the age of 40. In My Songs, his final solo album, was released posthumously in 2007.
BORNJuly 13, 1966