Sad news out of the R&B world. Singer Dwayne Julius Rogers, known professionally as DJ Rogers, has died. He was 72. Rogers never received the critical and commercial acclaim that his talent deserved, but for fans and peers alike, he was appreciated to the core. A singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Rogers released several popular albums during the 1970s, and several songs that are still revered more than four decades after their release, including the ballad “Say You Love Me”, which was rerecorded by Natalie Cole and the hit “Love Brought Me Back.” During that time he recorded for multiple labels, including RCA, Total Experience and Columbia, each time delivering his expressive vocals and perceptive, memorable songs that told stories about human emotions and the connection of the physical and spiritual. He also worked with Deniece Williams, Maurice White and Patrice Rushen. However, no record label had the right promotional plan to advance his music the way it deserved. From the 1990s and into the new millennium, Rogers was principally performing Gospel music. In 2012, he collaborated with Renee Spearman on the single “Whoa To Wow.” Rogers was one of several talented artists who brought gospel and jazz sensibilities to R&&, in many ways pre-dating the adult soul movement that would dominate much of mid-80s urban radio. His contribution was far more significant that his fame, and he is to be thanked for helping usher in a particularly rich era for soul music. May he rest in peace.