The 1981 album "Breakin' Away" by Al Jarreau spent two years on the "Billboard 200" chart. "Breakin' Away" is an album that was produced by Jay Graydon and publicly released through the Warner Bros. Records label. To quote 'Allmusic', "Breakin' Away" became the standard bearer of the L.A., California pop and R&B sound." This is an album where it is considered a true blend of crossover jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk.

Al Jarreau (Alwin Lopez Jarreau) was an American singer and musician who was born in March 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California; he lived for almost 77 years. At the Grammy Awards in 1982, his album "Breakin' Away" was given the Grammy prize for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. The album was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Additionally, this is an album that was certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

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