*Four years after his death, Gerald Levert is still topping charts, some like Dr. Cornel West, say he’ll never die because his music lives on.
The singer transitioned at the age of 40 in November 2006 from an accidental fatal mix of prescription drugs. This year his music entered into the Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 12 and the Billboard 200 at No. 62 with his first career-spanning compilation.
A the best of Levert collection that covers over two decades of his hits was released Aug. 31.
It opens with “Casanova,” the 1987 No. 1 R&B/No. 5 pop single he recorded with his first group, Levert, which featured his late brother, Sean, and continued the soulful legacy pioneered by their father, O’Jays co-founder Eddie Levert.
Rounding out the compilation are songs from Levert’s solo career, which began in 1991 — among them R&B No. 1 single “Private Line” and “School Me”; his work with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill as LSG (“My Body”); and two hits he recorded with his father, “Baby Hold On to Me” and “Already Missing You.”
The album also sports two cuts from Levert’s posthumous Grammy Award-winning 2007 album, “In My Songs.”
Bonus: Watch Gerald and his father, Eddie Levert, perform “Baby Hold On To Me”: