Gerald LeVert, R.I.P.

95444__levart_lAs is often the case when someone so young passes away, we’re still in shock over the news that Gerald LeVert died of a heart attack on Friday at age 40. LeVert had been cranking out the hits since the mid-’80s, as part of the trio LeVert, which was best known for the crossover smash "Casanova" (listen to it by clicking here, courtesy of the good folks at Idolator) and R&B hits like "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind" and "Baby I’m Ready" (the latter clip comes complete with some eighties-tastic video-vixen fashions). LeVert later went on to achieve solo success (see "Private Line") and was part of the trio LSG (with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill) whose hits included "My Body." If it’s a little live footage you’re after, though, check out LeVert’s 2005 duet with Patti LaBelle on "Here and Now." Powerful stuff indeed.

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  • poochie

    Mr. Levert you were a class act that lived life to the fullest. May you be remembered for your soul and grace. RIP!!!

  • shy

    Finally! There are so many people who loved this man. It’s unbelievable. He will be missed!!!!!!

  • TJ

    I saw Gerald in concert about two years ago at Madison Square Garden. He was great. My husband and I kept commenting on how light he was on his feet for a big guy. The ladies loved him. I don’t know the name of this song, but it was my favorite, but lyrics are “It’s funny you should call today.” I haven’t seen any coverage in the mainstream media about this.

  • shy

    I meant to say finally EW decided to cover his death. He and Jack Palance died on Friday. But there was nothing about his death on EW.com even though there was a tribute to Mr. Palance. I think that was wrong. Mr. Levert contributed a lot to music in general. I would rather hear about him than hear something about Britney and K-Fed. EW and a lot of other news sites suppose to talk about entertainment news. This was news to many of us that Gerald Levert had passed on Friday. But, yet it was not covered. I am tired of hearing about celebrity breakups. Tell us some news we really want to hear. I just think it was foul that his death didn’t seem important to a lot of news organizations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve

    I hardly knew who this guy was until I saw him singing “Shotgun” in “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”. Very powerful stuff indeed.

  • Jamiah

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Levert family and close friends. My the God of your understanding be pleased with Gerald Levert’s soul. He will never be forgotten and thank you for allowing us to share our comments of deepest sympathy with the family.
    Much Sympathy and Love
    Jamilah Bronx New York

  • KC

    Finally is right! What took you so long EW? Gerald Levert has been an R&B force for 20+ years as an incredible singer, writer, performer & producer. He was the total package & the sexiest big man around. I saw him in DC about 4 years ago opening for the O’Jays & he had the entire venue in the palm of his hand. Plus, he could ALWAYS be counted on to provide an awards/tribute show highlight…giving ample respect to his peers. So I’m hoping Gerald receives the accolades & remembrance he’s due. And may his family & loved ones be comforted in their time of grief.

  • Howard

    If you can, get a hold of the movie (or the soundtrack for) “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” about the Funk Brothers, who were the studio band for all the great Motown acts of the 60’s and early 70’s. It’s a great film, with some great versions of Motown Classics. Gerald LeVert does “Shotgun” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”, and is terrific on both of them.

  • Anna

    I don’t know the name of this song, but it was my favorite, but lyrics are “It’s funny you should call today.”
    The name of that song is “Funny.” It’s my favorite of his songs too.
    As for the media coverage, I’m not surprised. Look how long it took for the mainstream media to catch on to Aaliyah’s death. R&B entertainers for some reason always seem to get regulated to third-tier status. If they aren’t embraced by pop music fans then they aren’t considered successful.
    That said, RIP Gerald.

  • fredric

    Aaliyah’s not a good comparison for that argument. The coverage on her death was very heavily covered, even in the first few days. I agree with part of what you’re saying, but I don’t think the example holds the argument very well. I don’t think it’s just R&B stars, either – there are plenty of genres that produce amazing talent that is underserved by the media, in life and in death. The same could be said for various actors as well.

  • Stephanie

    Cassanova was a fantastic song! I feel bad for his family. I heard that one of his daughters just had a sweet sixteen too. G-d bless you Gerry.

  • dma69

    Cassanova was a brilliant song. Deserved to be a classic. Another talent gone too soon. R.I.P.

  • chocolatespirit

    Gerald Levert was an amazing singer. I met him once and he was as nice as he was talented. I am glad more media is finally covering his passing. It would be unfair to let this talent slip away unnoticed. My prayers and wishes go out to his loved ones.

  • Brown

    Levert was my favorite singers along with Jeffrey Osborne. A few years ago, I was blessed to see him in Cleveland at concerts in December and in May with his dad. Last week I was playing one of his CDs while I was writing a research paper. I thought to myself, I would love to see him in concert if he came to do a show in Cleveland next month (He often did concerts in Cleveland in December). Unfortunately this was not meant to be. He was an amazing talent. He did his thing, even with R&B often been overshadowed by superficial hip hop. Levert was talented and cute. I’ll miss you and your talent, “G.”

  • Joycelyn Whited

    To the Levert Family:
    In the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear
    May love become your shelter and may the beauty of precious memories be your comfort. Gerald’s children are held in my prayers and thoughts. Carlysia and Michael, stay strong and much love from Jersey City, New Jesey.

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