*I’ve never quite understood why the legendary Kenny G didn’t get more props. I’ve been a fan of his since 1986, after a single listen to “Don’t Make Me Wait For Love” from his breakthrough Duotones album.
That collection also included “Songbird” which established him — with his sublime saxophone — as a force to be reckoned with on R&B, pop, and Adult Contemporary radio.
The artist formerly known as Kenneth Gorelick went on to release hit after hit and several multi-platinum albums, eventually becoming the world’s best selling instrumentalist.
A couple of his projects broke records that remain unchallenged: his 1992 Breathless set still stands as the best selling instrumental album of all time, having sold over 12 million copies.
That album’s follow-up, 1994’s Miracles, has sold an unprecedented eight million copies to-date, dwarfing the sales of all other Christmas albums.
The artist regularly collaborated with artists like Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Toni Braxton, and Babyface.
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