Family and friends of the late James Ingram gathered to watch Akron city officials dedicate a street in his honor on Thursday.

Akron City Council members Tara Samples, who introduced the plan to rename the street, and Veronica Sims unveiled the new signage. James Ingram Way is on a portion of Fuller Street, between Fifth and Seventh avenues, where the singer, songwriter and producer grew up.

He was a member of East High School's Class of 1970. After moving to California, Ingram had a successful career with solo ballads such as "Just Once," radio staples including "Baby, Come to Me," a duet with Patti Austin, and the Grammy-winning "Yah Mo B There" with Michael McDonald. He earned two Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.

He died Jan. 29 at age 66; he had been battling early onset Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, according to a post on his official Facebook page.

Read more about Ingram's life and career at https://bit.ly/2EP2UDo.