James Moody, Gone at 85
A video tribute to jazz legend James Moody, who passed away Friday, 10 December 2010 at the age of 85.
Moody, who grew up in Newark, had a prodigious six-decade career. He was most widely celebrated for “Moody’s Mood for Love,” his interpretation of the 1935 ballad “I’m in the Mood for Love, which was elected into the Grammy Awards’ Hall of Fame in 2001.
Moody sang the song with Nancy Wilson on an episode of “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s. Bill Cosby, a longtime fan and confidante, called it a “national anthem,” and featured the song in the 2004 movie “Fat Albert.” The song has been recorded by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse.