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November 27, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like baseball with its generations of Griffeys, Bonds and Boones, pop music has produced its share of footstep-following offspring, from Jeff Buckley to Sean and Julian Lennon, Ziggy Marley to Bonnie Raitt, Whitney Houston to Jakob Dylan. But with the notable exception of the Judds, parent-child collaborations remain a rarity--maybe an occasional single, like Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" or Natalie Cole's studio-stitched duet with her late father Nat King Cole on "Unforgettable."
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May 6, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
With all the sexy dancers, African drummers, battery of stage lights and flashy costumes, the teaming of father Eddie and son Gerald Levert onstage Friday at the Universal Amphitheatre could have ended up a bad Las Vegas revue. But the heartfelt singing and sharp precision of a tight eight-piece band enabled the Leverts to connect with the audience on a strong emotional level.
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November 2, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
One of the most potent songs on the current hit O'Jays album, "Serious," is "Pot Can't Call the Kettle Black," in which the veteran R&B trio addresses parents who criticize their children's music and ways, taking them to task with the same vocal vigor they used to apply to back-stabbers and money-lovers.
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November 27, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like baseball with its generations of Griffeys, Bonds and Boones, pop music has produced its share of footstep-following offspring, from Jeff Buckley to Sean and Julian Lennon, Ziggy Marley to Bonnie Raitt, Whitney Houston to Jakob Dylan. But with the notable exception of the Judds, parent-child collaborations remain a rarity--maybe an occasional single, like Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" or Natalie Cole's studio-stitched duet with her late father Nat King Cole on "Unforgettable."
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November 4, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM
As the social psychologists keep telling us, it's a great advantage for kids if they can have a dad around. What's true in the home proved just as true on the concert stage Thursday night at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim. Those talented but wayward Levert boys, Gerald and Sean, tended to mess around when left to their own devices in an aimless and stilted set with their contemporary R&B trio, LeVert.
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November 4, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the social psychologists keep telling us, it's a great advantage for kids if they can have a dad around. What's true in the home proved doubly true on the concert stage Thursday night at the Celebrity Theatre. Those talented but wayward Levert boys, Gerald and Sean, tended to mess around when left to their own devices in an aimless and stilted set with their contemporary R&B trio, LeVert.
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October 17, 1987 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Singer Gerald Levert, still half asleep, mumbled an apology for his appearance, noting that he looked like something the cat dragged in. Though it was afternoon, the lead singer of the R&B singing trio LeVert was lying on the couch of his dark Hollywood hotel room, wrapped in a blanket, lamenting that he hadn't gone to bed at a reasonable hour and was longing for sleep. He was also cursing fame. "You want my job?" he asked, half kidding and half serious. "Somebody please take it.
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May 6, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
With all the sexy dancers, African drummers, battery of stage lights and flashy costumes, the teaming of father Eddie and son Gerald Levert onstage Friday at the Universal Amphitheatre could have ended up a bad Las Vegas revue. But the heartfelt singing and sharp precision of a tight eight-piece band enabled the Leverts to connect with the audience on a strong emotional level.
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November 19, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Youth or experience--which do women prefer? That Oprah-worthy question seemed to be raised Sunday as the O'Jays' Eddie Levert and son Gerald, who leads the group called Levert, offered two generations of grind to the largely female crowd that packed the Celebrity Theatre.
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September 25, 1994 | Connie Johnson \f7
* * * Gerald Levert, "Groove On," EastWest. While some of these grunting, groaning tracks are standard R&B, Levert throws a few curveballs. There's a surprisingly tender, David Foster-produced track, "I'd Give Anything," along with "How Many Times," a caressing plea to a potential lover stuck in an abusive relationship. At his best, the singer recalls the Philly-flavored brawn of his famous dad, O'Jay Eddie Levert. Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four stars (excellent).
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November 19, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Youth or experience--which do women prefer? That Oprah-worthy question seemed to be raised Sunday as the O'Jays' Eddie Levert and son Gerald, who leads the group called Levert, offered two generations of grind to the largely female crowd that packed the Celebrity Theatre.
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November 4, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM
As the social psychologists keep telling us, it's a great advantage for kids if they can have a dad around. What's true in the home proved just as true on the concert stage Thursday night at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim. Those talented but wayward Levert boys, Gerald and Sean, tended to mess around when left to their own devices in an aimless and stilted set with their contemporary R&B trio, LeVert.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the social psychologists keep telling us, it's a great advantage for kids if they can have a dad around. What's true in the home proved doubly true on the concert stage Thursday night at the Celebrity Theatre. Those talented but wayward Levert boys, Gerald and Sean, tended to mess around when left to their own devices in an aimless and stilted set with their contemporary R&B trio, LeVert.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
One of the most potent songs on the current hit O'Jays album, "Serious," is "Pot Can't Call the Kettle Black," in which the veteran R&B trio addresses parents who criticize their children's music and ways, taking them to task with the same vocal vigor they used to apply to back-stabbers and money-lovers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1987 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Singer Gerald Levert, still half asleep, mumbled an apology for his appearance, noting that he looked like something the cat dragged in. Though it was afternoon, the lead singer of the R&B singing trio LeVert was lying on the couch of his dark Hollywood hotel room, wrapped in a blanket, lamenting that he hadn't gone to bed at a reasonable hour and was longing for sleep. He was also cursing fame. "You want my job?" he asked, half kidding and half serious. "Somebody please take it.
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January 12, 1992 | CONNIE JOHNSON
** 1/2 Gerald Levert, "Private Line," Atco/East-West. Gerald Levert of vocal trio LeVert traffics in the brawny, impassioned, pleading-man style that has been his father Eddie Levert's stock-in-trade for more than two decades with the O'Jays. The only difference--since their voices are nearly identical--is that Eddie could turn a sexy scorcher like "You Oughta Be With Me" into a fevered cry for commitment. In Gerald's hands, it's a nice song--but lacking in urban Angst.
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May 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The R&B singer Sean Levert, who died at age 39 after falling ill in jail, suffered from a variety of ailments and died of natural causes, the county coroner in Cleveland ruled Thursday. The 39-year-old Levert, a member of the 1980s R&B trio LeVert and son of lead O'Jays singer Eddie Levert, died March 31 at a hospital after he was taken from the Cuyahoga County jail. He was serving a 22-month sentence for failure to pay child support. Levert's family had questioned officials' account that Levert had been acting strangely and was restrained before he fell ill. But in his ruling, County Coroner Frank Miller ruled out foul play or trauma.
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