John Legend was born on February 26, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in the Midwest.
He first heard the Rolling Stones in the mid-’70s and was captivated by their sound and lyrics.
He has since been called a “Rolling Stones apologist,” but he never really accepted that label.
Legend began his music career with a solo debut album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, but he quickly moved onto releasing solo albums and studio albums.
Legend eventually moved onto writing, producing, and touring with the Stones, releasing the song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Roll With it” in 1985, followed by the 1989 album, “Locked Up.”
He has also collaborated with artists like Bob Marley, James Brown, and Ritchie Valens, among others.
Legend also released his first album as a solo artist in 1996.
The following year, Legend released his debut solo album, a compilation of tracks from his earlier albums.
In 2002, Legend made his first major studio appearance with the song, “You Never Can Tell,” featuring the vocals of John Legend and the lyrics, “I feel like a broken record.”
Legend would go on to work with many of the greatest artists of his generation, including Elton John, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and Paul Simon and the Mamas and the Papas.
Legend is survived by his wife, Dottie; a son, Daniel; and a daughter, Zoey.
He is survived with two daughters, Dixie and Emma.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.