NewsLocal NewsAkron Canton News

Actions

Akron dedicates street 'James Ingram Way' to honor homegrown, multi-talented R&B artist

Posted: 11:55 AM, Mar 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-22 15:55:55Z
Screen Shot 2019-03-22 at 9.38.35 AM.png

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron homegrown musician was honored in a big way Thursday. Family and close friends of the late James Ingram, who died in January, gathered to watch officials dedicate a street in his honor, according to News 5 media partners at The Akron Beacon Journal .

Council members Tara Samples and Veronica Sims unveiled signage that dedicated a portion of Fuller Street, between Fifth and Seventh avenues, where Ingram grew up, as James Ingram Way.

Ingram was a graduate of East High School’s Class of 1970. He had a successful career after moving to California, with solo ballads such as “Just Once” and radio hit “Baby, Come to Me.” He co-wrote Michael Jackson's hit song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" with Jones.

Throughout this career, he earned a pair of Grammy Awards and was also nominated for a Golden Globe and the Oscars, according to Rolling Stone.

He died on Jan. 29 at 66 after battling onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to a post on his Facebook page.

RELATED: Legendary R&B singer James Ingram sang in promotional video for News 5 in 1995