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Encyclopedia > Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
Background information
Birth name Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr.
Born April 20, 1951(1951-04-20)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Died July 1, 2005 (aged 54)
Edison, New Jersey, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul, quiet storm
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1968–2003
Label(s) Cotillion, Epic, Virgin, J, Legacy
Website www.luthervandross.com

Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. (April 20, 1951July 1, 2005) was an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums[1] and won eight Grammy Awards[2] including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance With My Father",[3] co-written with Richard Marx. is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... “NY” redirects here. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Edison Township in Middlesex County Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex County Settled 1651 Incorporated March 17, 1870 (as Raritan Township) Government  - Type Faulkner Act Mayor-Council  - Mayor Jun Choi Area  - Township  30. ... “NJ” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Cotillion Records was a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1968. ... The 46th Grammy Awards were held on the February 8, 2004. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter and record producer. ...

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Biography

1951–1979: Early life and career

Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, he was born in Smith Housing Project. At age three he began playing the piano. Vandross grew up in a musical family that moved to the Bronx when he was thirteen. His sister sang with vocal group The Crests[3] who had a number two hit in the early 1960s with "Sixteen Candles". Vandross' father died of diabetes when Vandross was eight years old.[3] His life-changing moment came when, at the age of thirteen, he heard Dionne Warwick sing "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (a song he would cover in his later years on a duet with Elton John).[citation needed] Categories: Manhattan neighborhoods | Stub ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... The Crests were a popular New York R&B musical group of the late 1950s, often thought to be another all-black teenage-sound band, they were in fact about as integrated as a group could get, with four men (two of them black, one Puerto Rican and one Italian... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Anyone Who Had a Heart is a 1960s song by American songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Luther Vandross was in a vocal group in high school, Shades of Jade, that once played at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.[4] His first recording credit was as producer of the album Soul Christmas in 1968, his first vocal credit as a vocalist on the Quincy Jones album Best, in 1969. He was also a member of a theater workshop, "Listen My Brother" who released a the singles, "Only Love Can Make a Better World" and "Listen My Brother", and appeared on the second and fifth episodes of Sesame Street in November 1969.[5][6] Apollo Theater marquee, c. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...


Vandross attended Western Michigan University for a year before dropping out to continue pursuing a career in music.[7] Western Michigan University (abbr. ...


His next recording credit was on an album by Roberta Flack in 1972. Luther also sang on Delores Hall's Hall-Mark album from 1973. He sang with her on the song "Who's Gonna Make It Easier For Me", which he wrote. He also contributed another song, "In This Lonely Hour". Having co-written "Fascination" for David Bowie's Young Americans, he went on to tour with him as a back-up vocalist in September 1974.[8][6] Vandross wrote "Everybody Rejoice"[9] for the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz; also appearing as a choir member in the movie.[10] Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Fascination is a song written by David Bowie and Luther Vandross for Bowies Young Americans album in 1975. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Young Americans is an album by David Bowie released in 1975. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article is about the stage musical. ...


Vandross also sang backing vocals for Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Bette Midler, Chic, and Barbra Streisand. Early in his career, Vandross was content to remain mostly in the background, as a producer and backup singer for other artists, but Flack encouraged Vandross to start his own career.[citation needed] For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy Award winning American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. ... Chaka Khan (born March 23, 1953) is an American singer known for her 1984 cover of Princes I Feel For You, for her smash hit Im Every Woman and as a member of the funk band Rufus, with whom she recorded the legendary soul record Aint Nobody... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, on December 31, 1948) is a legendary American singer, songwriter, and artist, best known for a string of dance hits in the 1970s that earned her the title Queen of Disco and as one of the few disco-based artists to have longevity on... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... For other uses, see Chic. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...


Before his breakthrough, he released two albums with a singing group he formed, also called Luther, on Cotillion Records.[citation needed] The group had a successful single entitled "It's Good for the Soul", although their two albums, the self-titled Luther in 1976 and This Close to You in 1977, were not successful. Vandross bought back the rights to these albums after the record label dropped the group, preventing their later re-release.[citation needed] Cotillion Records was a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Vandross also wrote and sang commercials jingles during the late 1970s and early 1980s,[3] earning upwards of $600,000 per year around the New York area.[citation needed] He created and often sang jingles for such advertising campaigns as Kentucky Fried Chicken's "We Do Chicken Right",[citation needed] NBC's "Proud As a Peacock"[citation needed] and The US Army's "Be All You Can Be".[citation needed] Vandross also voiced a cartoon character named Zack for three Saturday morning animated PSA spots for ABC Television called "Zack of All Trades".[citation needed] Vandross continued his successful career as a popular session singer during the late 1970s. His lead vocals can be heard on the Gregg Diamond produced single "Hot Butterfly" from Bionic Boogie in 1978, which gained moderate club success.[citation needed] “NY” redirects here. ... KFC (full name Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


1980–2003: Career success

Luther Vandross' Greatest Hits

With some contributions from friend and songwriter/producer, Wayne K. Garfield[citation needed] (see the 11th chapter of Luther's biography—Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross by Craig Seymour (Harper-Collins), Vandross finally made his long desired career breakthrough as a featured singer with the vaunted pop-dance act Change, a studio concept created by French-Italian bussinessman Jacques Fred Petrus (1949-1986) with songs written and produced by his Italian co-workers Davide Romani, Paolo Gianolio and Mauro Malavasi. Their 1980 hits, "A Lover's Holiday" (by Romani and Willoughby), "The Glow of Love" (by Romani, Malavasi and Garfield) and "Searching" (by Malavasi), of which Vandross sang on the last two, opened up the world for Vandross. And there was no doubt about whether Vandross liked the song "The Glow of Love". In an interview that Vibe Magazine did with him in 2001 Vandross said, "This is the most beautiful song I've ever sung in my life." Vandross was also originally intended to perform on the second and highly successful Change album "Miracles" in 1981, but declined the offer as Petrus didn't pay enough money. Vandross' decision rapidly led to a recording contract with Epic Records that same year but didn't stop him from doing some background vocals on "Miracles" and on the new Petrus created acts, NYC band, The B. B. & Q. band in 1981. During that hectic year Vandross jump-started his second attempt at a solo career with his debut album, Never Too Much. In addition to the hit title track, it contained a version of the Burt Bacharach / Hal David song "A House Is Not a Home". The album went double platinum,[citation needed] with the song "Never Too Much", written by Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi, reaching number-one on the R&B charts. This period also marked the beginning of frequent songwriting collaboration with bassist Marcus Miller, who played on many of the tracks and would also produce or co-produce a number of tracks for Vandross. Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Change was an American-European group formed in Italy by producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. ... Jacques Fred Petrus, born 1949 in Guadeloupe, French west india, dead 1986 in Guadeloupe, French west india. ... Mauro Malavasi (1958-), Italian pianist, songwriter and producer. ... Change was an American-European group formed in Italy by producers Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... B. B. & Q. Band (which stands for the Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens Band) was a funk / disco group in the 1980s. ... Never Too Much is an album and song by late R&B crooner Luther Vandross. ... This biographical article needs additional references for verification. ... Hal David (born May 25, 1921 in New York City, New York) is an American lyricist and songwriterFicticiousbyMichaelAlfredMontalbano. ... A House is not a Home is a film made in 1964 starring Shelley Winters, Robert Taylor, Cesar Romero and a young Raquel Welch. ... Jacques Fred Petrus, born 1949 in Guadeloupe, French west india, dead 1986 in Guadeloupe, French west india. ... Mauro Malavasi (1958-), Italian pianist, songwriter and producer. ... Marcus Miller (born June 14, 1959 in New York) is a jazz musician, composer and producer, perhaps best known as a bass guitarist with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross and David Sanborn. ...


Vandross released a series of successful albums during the 1980s and continued his session work with guest vocals on groups like Charme in 1982. Although the albums were successful overall, many of his earlier albums made a much bigger impact on the R&B charts than on the pop charts. During the 1980s, Vandross had two singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts: "Stop to Love", in 1986, and a duet with Gregory Hines—"There's Nothing Better Than Love."[11] He was also an in-demand producer;[citation needed] he was at the helm for Aretha Franklin's albums Jump to It and Get It Right. In 1983, the opportunity to work with his main music influence, Dionne Warwick, came about with Vandross producing, writings songs, and singing on How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye, her fourth album for Arista Records. The title track duet reached #27 on the Hot 100 chart (#7 R&B/#4 Adult Contemporary),[12] while the second single, "Got a Date" was only a moderate hit (#45 R&B/#15 Club Play). Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Gregory Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was a Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


The 1989 compilation The Best of Luther Vandross... The Best of Love, included the ballad "Here and Now", his first single to chart in the Billboard pop chart top ten. He won his first Grammy award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in the 1991. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Best of Luther Vandross. ... The 33rd Grammy Awards were held on February 20, 1991. ...

Vandross' From Luther With Love: The Videos DVD

More albums followed in the 1990s, beginning with 1991's Power of Love which spawned two top ten pop hits. He won his second Best Male R&B Vocal in the Grammy Awards of 1992 with the track "Power of Love/Love Power" winning the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in the same year. In 1992, "The Best Things in Life Are Free", a duet with Janet Jackson from the movie Mo' Money became a hit. Image File history File links FLWLTV.jpg Summary This is a DVD copilation form Luther Vandross with the name Form Luther With Love: The Videos Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or... Image File history File links FLWLTV.jpg Summary This is a DVD copilation form Luther Vandross with the name Form Luther With Love: The Videos Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or... She Doesnt Mind Power Of Love Im Gonna Start Today Rush I Want The Night To Stay Dont Want To Be A Fool I Can Tell You That Sometimes Its Only Love Emotional Love I (Who Have Nothing) - feat. ... The 34th Grammy Awards were held on February 26, 1992. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (sometimes known as the R&B Songwriters Award) has been awarded since 1969. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... Mo Money is a 1992 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Stacey Dash, and directed by Peter MacDonald. ...


In 1993, Vandross had a brief speaking role in the Robert Townsend movie Meteor Man. He played a hit man who plotted to stop Townsend's title character. Robert Townsend (born February 6, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African American film director, writer, and actor. ... Meteor Man is a fictional character, a superhero created in 1993 by director/actor/writer, Robert Townsend for MGM Pictures. ...


Vandross hit the top ten again in 1994 with Mariah Carey, doing a cover version of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross's duet "Endless Love." He also appears on Frank Sinatra's posthumous Duets album. In the Grammy Awards of 1997, he won his third Best Male R&B Vocal for the track "Your Secret Love". A second greatest hits album, released in 1997, compiled most of his 1990s hits and was his final album released through Epic Records. After releasing I Know on Virgin Records, he signed with J Records. His first album on Clive Davis's new label, entitled Luther Vandross, was released in 2001, and it produced the hits "Take You Out" (#7 R&B/#26 Pop), and "I'd Rather" (#17 Adult Contemporary/#40 R&B/#83 Pop) Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Endless Love is a song originally recorded as a duet between soul singer Diana Ross and pop singer Lionel Richie, who wrote the song. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... The 39th Grammy Awards were held on February 26, 1997. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2003, Vandross released the album Dance With My Father. The title track, which was dedicated to Vandross' memory childhood dances with his father, won Luther and his co-writer, Richard Marx, the 2004 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year. The song also won Vandross his fourth and final award in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance category. The album was his first to reach number one on the Billboard album chart. The video for the title track features various celebrities alongside their fathers and other family members. Celebrities such as Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Jason Kidd, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones submitted home videos or pictures of their families for the music video.[citation needed] Dance With My Father is the final album by Luther Vandross. ... Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Winnetka, Illinois) is an adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter and record producer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1968. ... Beyoncé in 2004 with her five Grammys. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California) is an American All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA. After earlier tours with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, he is currently the New Jersey Nets starting point guard and captain. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ...


Vandross's last known recording was his version of "One Shining Moment",[citation needed] CBS's closing theme song of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. One Shining Moment is an inspirational song written by David Barrett, about the Mens College Basketball Championship (at the end of the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament). ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...


2003–2005: Illness and death

Luther Vandross's final album, Dance with My Father (2003).
Luther Vandross's final album, Dance with My Father (2003).

Vandross had diabetes,[3] a disease that ran in his family, as well as hypertension. His weight fluctuated over the years, with Vandross weighing over 300 pounds (136 kg) at his heaviest.[citation needed] His alleged penchant for a bacon cheeseburger with doughnuts in place of a bun known as a Luther Burger is considered by many to have influenced his weight. His father, Luther Sr., died of complications from diabetes when Luther Jr. was eight years old. Luther Jr.'s two sisters and a brother also predeceased him.[citation needed] On April 16, 2003, just 4 days before his 52nd birthday, Vandross suffered a stroke in his home in Manhattan.[3] Though the cause of Vandross' stroke was not specifically attributed to diabetes, diabetics have been identified as being much more susceptible to strokes than non-diabetics. Image File history File links L-vandross-dance-father. ... Image File history File links L-vandross-dance-father. ... This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... For other forms of hypertension, see Hypertension (disambiguation). ... A Luther Burger as served at Googles cafeteria in New York A Luther Burger, also referred to as The Luther or simply a doughnut burger, is a hamburger, specifically a bacon cheeseburger, which employs a glazed donut (such as a Krispy Kreme) in place of each bun. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90% of strokes), by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - less than 10% of strokes) or other causes. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


He appeared briefly on videotape at the 2004 Grammys to accept his Song of the Year award, where he said, "Whenever I say goodbye it's never for long because I believe in the power of love".[3] Other than an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he was never seen in public again. Vandross died on July 1, 2005 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey at the age of 54.[6] At this time, the cause of death was not known, although hospital spokesman Rob Cavanaugh has said that Vandross never recovered from the 2003 stroke.[citation needed] It was reported that he died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.[citation needed] The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a friend of Vandross, described him as "a boy so mellow, so powerful; a boy of rare, rare vintage. We lost Luther very early because of his medical condition, but his legacy will be a powerful legacy."[citation needed] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Edison Township in Middlesex County Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex County Settled 1651 Incorporated March 17, 1870 (as Raritan Township) Government  - Type Faulkner Act Mayor-Council  - Mayor Jun Choi Area  - Township  30. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ...


His funeral was in New York City on July 8, 2005.[13] After two days of viewing, Vandross was laid to rest in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey.[14] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Washington Memorial Park is a cemetery located in Paramus, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. ... Paramus (IPA: ) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. ...


Personal life

During Vandross's entire career, he was dogged by questions regarding his sexuality. A lifelong bachelor, his name was never romantically linked in the media with women. Although Vandross never came out of the closet, he also never explicitly denied being a homosexual, and generally attempted to steer questioners away from the issue altogether by saying that his busy lifestyle made marriage difficult and indicated that it was not what he wanted. There were also allegations that surfaced that he and Gregory Hines were romantically linked. Because they were close friends, people started to question their "just friends" relationship. [15][not in citation given] After his death, an article in Out magazine had several of Vandross' friends, including gay comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, claiming that Luther was indeed a closeted gay man.[16] This article is about human sexual perceptions. ... A bachelor is a man above the age of majority who has never been married (see single). ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Gregory Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was a Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. ... Out is a popular gay magazine that focuses mainly on gay and lesbian fashion and upscale culture. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


Influences and followers

Vandross was inspired by the soul divas of the 1960s and 1970s: Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, and Aretha Franklin, whom he eventually produced. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


Vandross' songs have also been performed numerous times by American Idol contestants. Notable covers include Season 1 Finalist Tamyra Gray's version of "Dance With My Father" on Boston Public, R&B artist Keyshia Cole's version of "Never Too Much" on her 2005 debut album The Way It Is. AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Tamyra Monica Gray (born July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland) is an American actress and singer, best known for her rise to fame as one of the finalists on the first season of the reality television program American Idol in 2002. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Keyshia Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer , known for her soulful voice. ... The Way It Is is a hit song by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, topping at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. ...


Vandross performed many covers of older songs, such as "Since I Lost My Baby" (originally recorded by The Temptations), "Love the One You're With" (originally recorded by Stephen Stills), "Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me" ("Superstar" was a hit for The Carpenters and "Until You Come Back To Me" was a 1974 hit for Aretha Franklin), "Love Won't Let Me Wait" (originally recorded by Major Harris), "Always and Forever" (originally recorded by Heatwave), "If This World Were Mine" (a duet with Cheryl Lynn, originally recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell), "Creepin'" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet" (both originally recorded by Stevie Wonder), "Hello" (the 1984 number-one hit by Lionel Richie), "Lovely Day" (originally recorded by Bill Withers), "Killing Me Softly" (a hit for Roberta Flack) and the Bacharach/David standard, "A House Is Not A Home." Vandross's hit "Love Power" included snippets of the soul classic "The Power of Love". Another hit, "Bad Boy (Having a Party)", contained a passage from Sam Cooke's "Having a Party". Since I Lost My Baby is a 1965 hit single recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label. ... “Temptations” redirects here. ... Superstar is a 1969 song written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, that has been a hit for many artists in different genres and interpretations in the years since; the most known version is by The Carpenters in 1971. ... For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American R&B, Pop and Gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Heatwave was a popular international R&B/Funk band with Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. ... If This World Were Mine was originally a 1968 release by soul legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. ... Cheryl Lynn (born Lynda Cheryl Smith, 11 March 1957, in Los Angeles, California) is a known disco, R&B and soul singer, who scored fame then success beginning in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s. ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Legacy

Tribute

  • On July 27, 2004, GRP Records released a smooth jazz various artists tribute album, Forever, For Always, For Luther, with ten popular songs written by Luther. The album featured vocal arrangements by Luther, and was produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. Rideout had co-authored songs and contributed arrangements and played keyboards on Luther's final three albums. The tribute album was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther's music over the years. It featured an ensemble of smooth jazz performers, many of whom had previously worked with Luther. [17]
  • On November 21, 2006, saxophonist Dave Koz released a followup to the earlier smooth jazz GRP tribute album, this time on his own Rendezvous Entertainment label, an album called Forever, For Always, For Luther Volume II, also produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. Dave Koz played on all the featured Luther Vandross tracks, which were recorded by various smooth jazz artists. [18]

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Posthumous releases

J Records released a song "Shine"—an upbeat R&B track that samples Chic's disco song "My Forbidden Lover"—reaching #31 on the R&B chart. A later remix peaked at #10 on the Club Play chart. "Shine" and a track entitled "Got You Home" are previously unreleased songs on The Ultimate Luther Vandross, a greatest hits album on Epic Records/J Records/Legacy Recordings that was released August 22, 2006. Shine is a single by soul legend Luther Vandross, the first single from his greatest hits package The Ultimate Luther Vandross. ... For other uses, see Chic. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ...



On October 16, 2007, Epic Records/J Records/Legacy Recordings will release a 4 disc box set entitled Love Luther. It will feature all of Vandross' hits throughout his 24 year career. A single will be released from the box set entitled, "There's Only You"[19] Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ...


Discography

A discography for Luther Vandross. ...

References

  1. ^ Luther Vandross. AskMen.com (UK Edition). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  2. ^ Vandross' Funeral Soulful and Powerful. Yahoo! News (July 8, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Obituary: Luther Vandross. BBC News (July 1, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  4. ^ Luther Vandross' Swan Song. Yahoo! Music (July 1, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  5. ^ Luther Vandross artist page.
  6. ^ a b c Luther Vandross dead at 54. CNN (July 1, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  7. ^ Seymour, Craig (2004). Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross. HarperEntertainment. ISBN 0-06-059418-7. 
  8. ^ Luther Vandross. Vibe.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  9. ^ Full Cast and Crew for The Wiz. IMDb. Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  10. ^ Luther Vandross. IMDb. Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  11. ^ Artist Chart History
  12. ^ Artist Chart History
  13. ^ Luther Vandross Funeral Plans Set. 6ABC (July 8, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-14.
  14. ^ Luther Vandross' All-Star Send-Off. E! News (July 8, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-14.
  15. ^ Luther Vandross Dies at 54. 6ABC (July 2, 2005). Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  16. ^ The Secret Gay Life of Luther Vandross. Out.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-02.
  17. ^ Forever, For Always, For Luther, VerveMusicGroup.com
  18. ^ Forever, For Always, For Luther Volume II, smoothvibes.com
  19. ^ EUR Web article, "Luther Boxed Set Includes Rare/Unreleased Tracks, EURWeb.com

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Sources

  • Seymour, Craig. The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross, HarperCollins, 2004 - ISBN 0060594187
  • Vandross, Luther. The Best of Luther Vandross: The Best of Love, Hal Leonard Corporation, 1990 - ISBN 0793502918

External links

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