Jazz vocalist Carl Anderson died Monday (Feb. 23) in Los Angeles after a long battle with leukemia. He was 59. A native of Lynchburg, Va., Anderson starred as Judas in the original Broadway edition of

Jazz vocalist Carl Anderson died Monday (Feb. 23) in Los Angeles after a long battle with leukemia. He was 59.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Anderson starred as Judas in the original Broadway edition of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the early '70s, and reprised his role in the 1973 film. Anderson eventually landed a recording contract with Epic Records, and his self-titled 1986 release for the label reached No. 49 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart.

His biggest success, however, came from a duet with Gloria Loring. Their 1986 single "Friends & Lovers" went to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, and was featured on soap opera "Days of Our Lives." He later recorded with Nancy Wilson and Weather Report.

Anderson continued to record into the '90s, and his 1994 release "Heavy Weather Sunlight Again" (GRP) reached No. 21 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Albums chart. He appeared on Broadway again in 1997 with "Play On!," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" that transported the story to Harlem and featured the music of Duke Ellington.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 28) in Culver City, Calif., at the Agape International Spiritual Center.

Anderson is survived by his wife, his mother, a son, two stepdaughters and nine siblings.