'A Whole New World' singer Peabo Bryson in hospital after heart attack

30 April 2019, 09:48 | Updated: 30 April 2019, 09:51

Peabo Bryson
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By Tom Eames

Soul legend Peabo Bryson is “stable” after he “suffered a mild heart attack” on Saturday morning, his representative has confirmed.

In a short statement released on Monday (April 29), his rep said 68-year-old Bryson “is currently listed in stable condition and is awake and responsive. Both his medical team and family are optimistic for a speedy recovery.”

Bryson scored several US hits in the 1970s and 1980s, and released three gold-certified albums during his career.

He is particularly associated with ballads, and he famously recorded theme songs for both Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. 

He scored a number nine hit with the 'Beauty and the Beast' theme with Celine Dion, and a US number one with 'A Whole New World' with Regina Belle.

More recently, he went back to the studio with songwriting and production duo Jam & Lewis.

“I look back at my career and I go, ‘Well, I survived it long enough to achieve some lifetime-achievement awards, but what’s the point in all of that?'” the singer told Rolling Stone.

“That kind of indicates that you reached some kind of pinnacle, or that you’re done, and I’m far from any off that.”