josborneJeffrey Osborne (born Jeffrey Linton Osborne on March 9, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an R&B singer-songwriter who first started his career in the ’70s and started a solo music career in the ’80s.

He is the youngest of 12 children (five brothers and six sisters), born in a musical family. His father Clarence “Legs” Osborne was a popular trumpeter who played with artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Clarence passed away when Jeffrey was 13 years old.

In 1970, Jeffrey started his music career with a band called L.T.D. (short for Love Men Ltd.) who scored hit singles such as “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again,” Love Ballad” and “Holding On (When Love is Gone).”

At first, Jeffrey was a drummer and shared lead vocals with his brother Billy, but he became the primary lead vocalist in 1978. In 1980, Jeffrey & Billy left the band to start their own solo music careers. josbornealbumIn 1982, Jeffrey released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. reallydontneednolightThe first single from the album “I Really Don’t Need No Light” peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks. onthewingsofloveThe follow-up single “On the Wings of Love” peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #13 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.  IMG_1292Another single “Eenie Meenie” peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, but missed the R&B charts. staywithmeIn 1983, Jeffrey released his sophomore album “Stay With Me Tonight” which peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. dontyougetsomadThe first single from the album “Don’t You Get So Mad” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #3 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. staywithmetonightsingleThe title song peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #4 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. IMG_1294The third single “Plane Love” peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. goingallthewayThe last single from the album “We’re Going All the Way” peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #16 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

In 1984, Jeffrey appeared on R&B singer Joyce Kennedy’s duet “The Last Time I Made Love” which was a R&B hit and minor pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

dontstopDuring that same year, Jeffrey released his third album “Don’t Stop” which peaked at #39 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. dontstopsingleThe title song peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. theborderlinesThe follow-up single “The Borderlines” peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. letmeknowThe last single from the album “Let Me Know” peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 1985, Jeffrey wrote the lyrics to Whitney Houston’s song “All At Once” and appeared on USA for Africa’s fundraising single “We Are the World.” emotionalIn 1986, Jeffrey released his fourth album “Emotional” which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. shouldbeminewoowooThe first single from the album “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

“The Woo Woo Song” is in parentheses because Jeffrey’s young daughter didn’t know the title of the song and she identified the song by saying, “Daddy, sing the ‘Woo Woo Song’” and Jeffrey affectionately nicknamed the song. sowetoThe second single “Soweto” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. roomwithaviewThe third single from the album “Room With a View” peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

The last single “In Your Eyes” peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #82 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1987, Jeffrey was featured on Dionne Warwick’s album “Reservations for Two” on the track “Love Power” which topped Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & did well on the pop and R&B charts. oneloveonedreamIn 1988, Jeffrey released his fifth album “One Love-One Dream” peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200 and #12 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. shesontheleftThe first single “She’s On the Left” peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in September of 1988, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. cantgobackpromiseThe second single “Can’t Go Back On a Promise” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. allbecauseofyouThe last single from the album “All Because of You” peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. onlyhumanIn 1990, Jeffrey released his sixth album “Only Human” which peaked at #95 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. ifbrotherintroubleThe title song peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. The second single from the album “If My Brother’s In Trouble” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

The last single from the album “The Morning After I Made Love to You” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

From 1992 to 1995, Jeffrey provided vocals to the theme song for the television soap opera “Loving.” He also sang the theme song for the first season of  the television show “Veronica’s Closet.” somethingwarmforchristmasIn 1997, Jeffrey released his seventh album “Something Warm For Christmas” which peaked at #86 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. thatsforsureNothing much was heard from Jeffrey until 2000 when he released his eighth album “That’s For Sure” which managed to peak at #191 on the Billboard 200 and #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It’s unknown if any singles were released from the album. musicislifeIn 2003, Jeffrey released his ninth album “Music is Life” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The only single from the album to chart was “Rest of Our Lives” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. fromthesoulIn 2005, Jeffrey released his tenth album “From the Soul” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #42 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart.

The only charting single was “Yes I’m Ready” which peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. timeforloveIn 2013, Jeffrey released his eleventh and current album to date “A Time to Love” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and #34 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The first single “Baby It’s Cold Outside” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart. The follow-up single “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs.

To see a fan-made video for “I Really Don’t Need No Light,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Olf7YLsiZs

To see a fan-made video for “On the Wings of Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhR2FHKmss

To see a fan-made video for “Eeenie Meenie,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL0t4uxS62I

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t You Get So Mad,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYxpcvXX994

To see the music video for “Stay With Me Tonight,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCWYZHYIPyE

To see a fan-made video for “Plane Love,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKts93p43ms

To see a fan-made video for “We’re Going All the Way,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieMko3qlL4

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Stop,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44d-TuE-ksU

To see the music video for “The Borderlines,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCPfpWNc8ik

To see a fan-made video for “Let Me Know,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRixy39Pao

To see the music video for “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song),” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgg1Yczq4vI

To see a fan-made video for “Soweto,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZPaY_KFFI

To see a fan-made video for “Room With a View,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV7aWBDlrFU

To see a fan-made video for “In Your Eyes,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z3URPFL4JA

To see the music video for “She’s On the Left,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYWIKi1QgFo

To see a fan-made video for “Can’t Go Back on a Promise,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__SnFEU7fKQ

To see a fan-made video for “All Because Of You,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTVI7ss4MO8

To see a fan-made video for “Only Human,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbPBoOxrYzQ

To see a fan-made video for “If My Brother’s in Trouble,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7KyWjMZEtY

To see a fan-made video for “The Morning After I Made Love to You,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3pLnQgta3k

To see a fan-made video for “Rest of Our Lives,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pn_5D_B_GU

To see a fan-made video for “Yes I’m Ready,” go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTWfZxuIzaQ