Jeffrey Osborne

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Jeffrey Osborne
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Osborne in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Linton Osborne
Born (1948-03-09) March 9, 1948 (age 71)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • drummer
  • Vocals
  • drums
Years active1970–present
Associated acts L.T.D.

Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American Grammy–nominated singer–songwriter, musician and lyricist. Osborne is the former drummer and lead singer of the American R&B/Soul group L.T.D.; with whom he began his musical career in 1970.

L.T.D. is an American R&B/funk band best known for their 1977 hit single, "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "Holding On ", as well as their many ballads, such as "Love Ballad", "We Both Deserve Each Other's Love", and "Where Did We Go Wrong?".



Early life and family

Osborne was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Born the youngest of twelve children which consisted of five brothers and six sisters, Osborne's family was musically inclined. Some of Osborne's siblings went on to have music careers, his brother Billy Osborne was his band-mate in L.T.D. Osborne's father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Osborne's father died in 1961 when Osborne was thirteen. [1]

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Osborne began his music career in 1970 becoming a member of the American soul band "Love Men Ltd.", who would later become known as L.T.D. [2] The band recorded hit singles such as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again"(1977), "Concentrate on You," "Love Ballad"(1976), and "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)"(1978). At first, Osborne served as only a drummer, sharing lead vocal duties with his brother Billy Osborne; but by 1976 he became the group's primary lead vocalist. Osborne and his brother both left the band in late 1980 to start solo careers. Osborne's solo success includes five gold and platinum albums. [1]

(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again song

"(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" is a hit song written by Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey for R&B/funk band L.T.D. Released from their Something To Love album, it spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart in the fall of 1977. It became a gold record. Jeffrey Osborne is the lead singer.

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"Holding On " is a hit song by R&B/funk band L.T.D. Released from their hit album, Togetherness, the song spent two weeks on top of the R&B single chart in September 1978 and peaked at forty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Solo career

In 1982, Osborne sang the opening song "I Just Want To Be Your Friend" for the comedy film The Toy . Osborne later released his self-titled debut album in 1982, which featured two hit singles, "On the Wings of Love" and "I Really Don't Need No Light"(1982), peaking at #29 & #39 on the pop chart respectively. This was followed up the next year by Stay with Me Tonight , his first gold album (later reaching platinum album status), which spawned two more hits, "Don't You Get So Mad" (#25) and the title track (#30). "Stay with Me Tonight" (April 1984, #18) and "On the Wings of Love" (June 1984, #11) reached the UK Singles Chart.

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<i>Jeffrey Osborne</i> (album) 1982 studio album by Jeffrey Osborne

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In 1985, Osborne wrote the lyrics to the Whitney Houston hit "All at Once" (music by Michael Masser). He appeared on USA for Africa's fundraising single, "We Are the World" in 1985. Osborne sang the unreleased single "Everything Good Takes Time" which was part of a video tribute to Julius Erving (Dr. J) in 1987. He would later appear on Celebrity Duets in 2006, performing "On The Wings of Love" with Alfonso Ribeiro. Osborne lent his vocals to the theme song of the soap opera, Loving , from 1992 to 1995 [1] as well as the first season theme song for the Kirstie Alley comedy Veronica's Closet .

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Osborne had two more gold albums, Don't Stop and Emotional, the latter of which had his highest charting solo pop hit, "You Should Be Mine", which peaked at #13 in 1986. The following year, Osborne had the highest-charting hit of his career duetting with Dionne Warwick on "Love Power", which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the Adult Contemporary singles chart. This was a turning point in his pop success, as his albums and singles began charting lower and lower on the pop charts. Osborne's 1988 single "She's on the Left" would be his final Hot 100 entry, as well as his only #1 R&B hit. After scoring two more substantial R&B hits in the early 1990s, "Only Human" and "If My Brother's in Trouble", Osborne would be absent from the charts for the remainder of the decade.

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"You Should Be Mine " is a 1986 song by Jeffrey Osborne from the album Emotional. "The Woo Woo Song" is the title in parentheses because his little daughter did not know the exact title, she identified the song saying "Daddy, sing 'The Woo Woo Song'!" Jeffrey thus affectionately nicknamed the track. It was his biggest pop hit when released as a single, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. On other US charts, "You Should Be Mine" peaked at #2 on both the Hot Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.

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Later career

In the new millennium, he returned with a series of albums that, while far from the success he enjoyed in the 1980s, returned him to Adult R&B radio, scoring modest chart singles such as "Rest of Our Lives" (#75, 2003) and his cover of Barbara Mason's classic "Yes, I'm Ready" (#64, 2005). In 2008, Osborne sang the national anthem before Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a feat which he repeated in 2009, before Game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals, and also again in 2010 before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, all at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He also performed the national anthem prior to Game 3 of the 1988 World Series, a feat he repeated two years later at Game 3 of the 1990 World Series, both at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. He also regularly sang the national anthem before Hartford Whalers games. On March 1, 2010, Osborne appeared on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love season finale, "After the Final Rose", singing his hit "On the Wings of Love" while Bachelor Jake Pavelka took to the dance floor with his newly announced fiance, Vienna Girardi.


Osborne has been married to Sheri Osborne since 1983 [3] and together they have three daughters; Tiffany Nicole [3] , Dawn and Jeanine Osborne and one son; Jeffrey Jr.


Studio Albums


YearSingleChart positions [5]
UK [6]
1982"I Really Don't Need No Light" (featuring Lynn Davis)393
"On the Wings of Love"2913711
1983"Eenie Meenie"7618
"Don't You Get So Mad"2532954
"Stay with Me Tonight"30418
1984"Plane Love"10
"We're Going All the Way"48166
"The Last Time I Made Love" (with Joyce Kennedy)40237
"Don't Stop"44661
"The Borderlines"38798
1985"Let Me Know"44
1986"You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)"1322
"Room with a View"2996
"In Your Eyes"8215
1987"Love Power" (with Dionne Warwick)125163
1988"She's On the Left"481
"Can't Go Back on a Promise"28
1989"All Because of You"48
"Take Good Care of You and Me" (with Dionne Warwick)462593
1990"Only Human"3
1991"If My Brother's in Trouble"11
"The Morning After I Made Love to You"24
1994"Far Longer than Forever" duet with Regina Belle
2003"The Rest of Our Lives"75
2005"Yes I'm Ready"64
"—" denotes the single failed to chart


In media

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Awards and honors

Osborne received the 2014 New England Pell Award for Artistic Excellence from Providence (Rhode Island)'s Trinity Repertory Company in honor of his artistic achievements and philanthropic work in Rhode Island. [7] [8]

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