Casanova – Levert
1987, what a great year for music. Casanova was living proof. Levert was the son of The O’Jays lead singer Eddie LeVert, Gerald Levert (passed away in 2006) and his younger brother Sean LeVert (passed away in 2008) and Marc Young.
The single reached #5 Billboard’s pop chart and #1 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart.
The song was also part of 1987’s The Pick-Up Artist soundtrack which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald. It was also featured in Whoopi Goldberg’s 1987 film Fatal Beauty.
In the ’90s, Gerald would go on to solo success with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill as LSG.
On December 7, 2006, it was announced that Levert, along with Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams and Carl Thomas was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R& B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals for their collaboration on “Everyday (Family Reunion)”, a song from the soundtrack of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion. Gerald was nominated again for the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single, “In My Songs”. At the 50th annual Grammy Awards, it was announced that Levert had won the award for “In My Songs”. Levert’s brother and former founding LeVert member Sean Levert accepted in his late brother’s behalf.
On August 17, 2013, in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Gerald Levert was inducted into the 2013 inaugural class of The Official R& B Music Hall of Fame along with The O’Jays