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Jeffrey Osborne Biography

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Born: 1948/03/09
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Years Active: Member of L.T.D.: 1970-1981, Solo career: 1981-present
Genres: Funk, R&B

Jeffrey Osborne was born on March 9, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island and is an R&B and funk musician, songwriter, and former lead singer of the band, L.T.D. Osborne was born into a musical family with his father being a trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington throughout his career.

Jeffrey Osborne started his music career in 1970 with a band called Love Men Ltd., who later changed their name to L.T.D. Some of the band's most notable hits included “Back in Love Again,” “Concentrate on You,” “Love Ballad” and “Holding On.” Osborne left the group in 1980 to start a solo career.

Osborne's self-titled debut arrived in 1982, and spawned the hits singles, “On the Wings of Love,” peaking at #29 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and “I Really Don't Need No Light,” peaking #39. In addition to his own success, Osborne wrote for other artists, such as the Whitney Houston hit, “All at Once.” Three more gold albums followed for Osborne, however in 1987, Osborne scored his biggest hit to date with a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power,” which peaked #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and topped the Adult Contemporary Singles chart.

Osborne scored two more hits in the 1990s with, “Only Human” and “If My Brother's in Trouble,” before stepping out of the musical spotlight for a decade. Osborne would be absent from the charts for the remainder of the decade. The 2000s saw Osborne charting singles on the Adult R&B Charts. 2010 saw Osborne appear on “The Bachelor” television show performing his hit single “On the Wings of Love.”