Alarmed doesn’t begin to describe how I felt when first I learned that Peabo Bryson was no longer a name people knew. Peabo, I kept saying, you know--Peabo? People thought I was making Peabo up. Then I sang a few, whatever they are called, bars or verses of the song “A Whole New World”--a dazzling place I never knew—and then of course, the whole entire world has grown up knowing Peabo their whole entire lives only not knowing it was Peabo they were hearing. Oh look, there’s Peabo again with Celine Dion on “Beauty & The Beast”. Peabo was the go-to-guy when you needed a duet with a diva and a male star most smooth with no rough edges—and also no real hits of his own. Peabo was a duets specialist. Peabo’s highest Billboard charting was #10. He did it only once, but he did it with a song that has never really left the collective cultural consciousness. “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again,” from the 1984 album (pictured) Straight From the Heart, will play on soft rock radio for as long as there is soft rock radio. Classic Peabo. Peabo Forever. Peabo.