Singer who has achieved success both as a jazz musician and a pop vocalist. Organized his own rock band at the age of 17. During the 1960's, performed in a jazz quartet led by organist Jack McDuff. Played with his own quartet beginning in 1965. Also recorded with such jazz stars as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, and Lee Morgan during that time. During the 1970's, began recording vocals of romantic songs. First hit was "This Masquerade," a selection from his popular album Breezin' (1976). Other vocal hits include "The Greatest Love of All" (1977), "On Broadway" (1977) and "20/20" (1984). Maintained jazz roots in the 1980s and 1990s by recording with the bands of Count Basie and jazz guitarist Earl Klugh.