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Remembering Rhythm & Blues: Stevie Wonder, Others Honor Levert at Service

Stevie Wonder, Others Honor Levert at Service

The Headline Reads: Many Singers Will Honor Gerald Levert on Friday

Here's the news:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

Stevie Wonder will take part in the public memorial service for R&B crooner Gerald Levert at noon Friday at Music Hall in Cleveland.

Levert's younger brother Sean and their father, Eddie Levert of the O'Jays, also will sing a duet.

Singers Angela Winbush, Angie Stone and Johnny Gill (a member of the group LSG, along with Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat) are set to pay tribute, too. Other VIP guests are expected to be announced.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. Friday. Seating will be first come, first served in the 2,800-capacity Music Hall. The public is asked to use the St. Clair Avenue entrance. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, Levert's favorite color.

The service is expected to last between 60 and 90 minutes, and will be broadcast live on WZAK FM/93.1.

Levert died Friday at age 40. Preliminary autopsy results indicated he had mild to moderate heart disease.

Levert found success both as a solo artist and as a member of the groups LeVert and LSG. He was born in Canton, raised in Shaker Heights and resided in Newbury Township.

Levert will be cremated. His family will attend a private funeral, as well as Friday's tribute.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Checks (payable to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation) and condolences may be sent to Andy Gibson, Trevel Productions Inc., 13816 Cedar Road, University Heights, OH 44118.

*****UPDATE 11/16/06*****
You can see the actual memorial program for the service tomorrow in Cleveland here.

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posted by Soulfull @ 11:34 AM


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