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| When Patti Austin was four-years-old, she performed at the Apollo Theater.
As a teenager she recorded commercial jingles and worked as a session singer in soul and R&B. She had an R&B hit in 1969 with FAMILY TREE.
She sang backing vocals on Paul Simon's 1975 number-one hit 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER. The jazz label CTI released her debut album, End of a Rainbow, in 1976. She sang THE CLOSER I GET TO YOU for Tom Browne's album Browne Sugar, a duet with Michael Jackson for his album Off the Wall, and a duet with George Benson.
After singing on Quincy Jones's album The Dude, she signed a contract with his record label, Qwest, which released Every Home Should Have One with BABY COME TO ME, a duet with James Ingram that became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard magazine pop chart.
Patti was booked for United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, but because her mother suffered a stroke days before, she cancelled her ticket and flew at a different time. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents.
Patti Austin was among hundreds of artists whose original tapes were destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.