Best-known as a dancer -- tap, specifically -- and an actor of stage and screen, Gregory Hines
was also a singer of some accomplishment. A self-titled album appeared in 1987, after a guest spot the previous year on Luther Vandross
' Give Me the Reason
album. It was the only popular venture that Hines
would make, but not the first or last recording. Cast recordings for several Broadway stage hits feature Hines
the singer in fine form, including Eubie!
(1975), Sophisticated Lady (1981), and Jelly's Last Jam
(1992). In 1997 he starred in a television series, The Gregory Hines Show, and had a recurring role on another series, Will and Grace. Hines
passed away August 9, 2003, after a battle with cancer.