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L.T.D., which eventually added Jeffrey's multi-instrumentalist brother Billy to the fold, didn't gain much commercial footing with their first two albums for A&M. They reached full stride in 1976 with their third album, Love to the World, produced by Larry and Fonce Mizell. Its "Love Ballad," written by Skip Scarborough, put the band on top of Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart and made Osborne a star. In 1980, after he had fronted additional L.T.D. classics such as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again" and "(Holding On) When Love Is Gone," Osborne departed for a solo career. Remaining with A&M, he recorded five albums of sophisticated R&B for the label throughout the 1980s. The first four of these full-lengths, Jeffrey Osborne, Stay with Me Tonight, Don't Stop, and Emotional, all peaked within the Top Ten of the soul chart, promoted with similarly successful singles including "I Really Don't Need No Light," "On the Wings of Love," "Stay with Me Tonight," "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)," and "She's on the Left." During this period, Osborne earned three gold album certifications from the RIAA and was nominated for as many Grammy Awards.
Throughout the three following decades, Osborne regularly performed but did not record with as much frequency as he had during the '70s and '80s. After he released Only Human on Arista in 1990, he switched to a series of independent labels to release titles such as That's for Sure and Music Is Life, the former of which resulted in another Grammy nomination, and the covers albums From the Soul and A Time for Love. He returned in 2018 on the Artistry label with Worth It All, which featured a collaboration with son Jeffrey Osborne, Jr. and was inspired by late creative partner George Duke. ~ Andy Kellman & Kim Summers