Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross



Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists including Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became a lead singer of the group Change, which released its gold-certified debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981.

His hit songs include "Never Too Much", "Here and Now", "Any Love", "Power of Love/Love Power", "I Can Make It Better" and "For You to Love". Many of his songs were covers of original music by other artists such as "If This World Were Mine" (duet with Cheryl Lynn), "Since I Lost My Baby", "Superstar" and "Always and Forever". Duets such as "The Closer I Get to You" with Beyoncé, "Endless Love" with Mariah Carey and "The Best Things in Life Are Free" with Janet Jackson were all hit songs in his career.

During his career, Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide,[1] and received eight Grammy Awards[2] including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for a song recorded not long before his death, "Dance with My Father".[3]



The Best Things in Life Are Free
"The Best Things in Life Are Free" is a duet between American singers Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson, recorded for the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced soundtrack to the 1992 American film, Mo' Money, starring Damon Wayans.
Dance with My Father
"Dance with My Father" is the title track to singer and songwriter Luther Vandross' thirteenth studio album.
"Shine" is a single by soul legend Luther Vandross, the first single from his greatest hits package The Ultimate Luther Vandross."Shine" is an upbeat R&B track that samples Chic's disco classic "My Forbidden Lover".
Dance with My Father
Dance with My Father is the thirteenth and final studio album by American R&B recording artist Luther Vandross.

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Popular Albums36

Album Appearances & References80

Popular Live Albums1

Popular Songs33

Song Appearances & References19

Musical Group References3

Minor Film Appearances & References8

TV Shows6

Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers37

Other Music-Related Relationships15

Other Film-Related Relationships1

Personal & Professional Relationships1

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships3

Awards & Nominations23


Popular Tours1

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Spotify - Albums & Singles273


Spotify - Appears On62


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles27

  –  January 25, 2018
Seamlessly blending hits old and new, from Drake, Diddy and Donell Jones to TLC, Lauryn Hill and Luther Vandross. Daringly current and unashamedly nostalgic, VIBE truly serves up a unique live experience, mixing your favourite songs in ways you’ve never ...
Super Bowl 2018: Halftime show performer, national anthem singer
  –  January 24, 2018
Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more. (A complete list of national anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.) In addition, on behalf of the National Association of ...
Pink excited to sing in front of Philadelphia Eagles
  –  January 23, 2018
The 'Just Like a Pill' hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera ...
'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard will sing Luther Vandeross hits in Orlando this spring
  –  January 22, 2018
American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is starring in the "Always & Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross" tour this spring, and there's an Orlando stop in the mix. The Grammy-nominated artist will perform the Vandross hits on May 10 at Hard Rock Live.
Pink Hilariously Freaks Out Over the Philadelphia Eagles Going to the Super Bowl
  –  January 22, 2018
The list includes Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey ...
From Forshaw St to empowering women: Sherry Dixon’s journey
  –  January 21, 2018
It was while she was making up the faces of the likes of boxer Lennox Lewis and singers Barry White, Luther Vandross and Shirley Bassey that Dixon’s journalistic chops came to the fore…..
Local Songstress Advances On Fox's 'The Four: Battle For Stardom'
  –  January 19, 2018
Her grandmother is the legendary Dionne Warwick. Her father, David Elliott, is a composer who wrote "Here and Now" for Luther Vandross, and her cousin was none other than the late Whitney Houston. Elliott said her fascination with music began when she was ...
Lalah Hathaway carries torch of Donny’s musical legacy
  –  January 19, 2018
She then continued with Earth Wind and Fire’s “Love’s Holiday” and her cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Forever, For Always, For Love.” All it takes is one live performance to create a new Lalah Hathaway fan, and Tuesday’s show was no ...
Supermarket set to sell staggering Valentine's meal deal for just £6
  –  January 19, 2018
Well almost everything - you'll need to pay for your own wine, candles and Luther Vandross CD. The bargain bundle includes a main for two and two side dishes or one side and dessert. Hungry lovers can choose between a steak, a portion of lasagne or a ...
P!NK to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 52
  –  January 19, 2018
Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera. P!NK was already booked to be in the Twin Cities February 2 for a show at Nomadic Live!, the venue that has been created in the old Minneapolis Armory.
So Many Reasons review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘funny and thoughtful’
  –  January 19, 2018
The character of her mother – chiding, devout, occasionally dancing to Luther Vandross in a pair of magenta heels – is finely drawn. So too is the shadow of older sister Alexa, whose pregnancy at 18 becomes a source of shame and estrangement.
Justin Timberlake Says He And Janet Jackson Made Peace After 2004 Super Bowl Mishap
  –  January 18, 2018
Jackson was also dropped from a Luther Vandross tribute at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, while Timberlake's performance went on as scheduled at the event. And, despite revealing that he and Jackson are on good terms, some are still wary of the singer.
Draymond Green Prepares for Games in Cold Cities with a Nice Hot Bath and Some Luther Vandross
  –  January 16, 2018
Sometimes you just need to knock the chill off your bones, you know? Born and raised in Michigan, Draymond Green knows a little something about that. But if you want to take that hot bath to another level, he’s got the answer for that, too.
Draymond Green is using Luther Vandross to stop himself from getting technical fouls
  –  January 15, 2018
Luther Vandross really can make it better. The famously fiery Draymond Green is close to hitting his limit on technical fouls without an automatic suspension, so he's channeling his favorite artist to find his inner calm. "I took me a nice, long bath today ...
Super Bowl LII: Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr. Joins P!nk, Justin Timberlake
  –  January 15, 2018
Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.
Draymond Green’s trick to calming down? Luther Vandross
  –  January 14, 2018
The Golden State Warriors need Draymond Green to start eliminating his technical fouls. The Dubs are just past the halfway point of the season (44 games played, 38 left), but Green has been T’d up 11 times already. The NBA has a limit of 16 technical ...
Mint Condition member headlines Heritage fest
  –  January 12, 2018
I keep it there because that’s where humans are at." Songs that examine matters of the heart were catalog staples for crooners that Williams said influenced him, like Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross. But Williams cautions against grouping him in with ...
We ate the Luther Vandross burger in order to satisfy our knead for knowledge
  –  January 11, 2018
The late R&B singer Luther Vandross was known to music lovers for such velvety smooth songs as "Power of Love," "Your Secret Love" and, in scorching hot duet with Mariah Carey, "Endless Love." Yet for junk food fanatics, the eight-time Grammy winner will ...
Gutsy DJ Who Gave His Card to Prince Harry for Wedding Gig Shares His (Genius!) Playlist
  –  January 11, 2018
Beyonce and Luther Vandross’ version of ‘The Closer I Get To You” would also be his choice for the couple’s first dance. “It’s quite a romantic song and it talks about two people coming together — obviously they are two people from different ...
'I'll do a remix of the national anthem to get the Queen on the dancefloor!' Cheeky DJ who slipped Prince Harry his business card makes pitch to play at his wedding (but says ...
  –  January 11, 2018
Ms Reid remarked: ...'guaranteed to get everyone on the dancefloor.' Speaking about his plans for the whole event, Mr Letford said he would start with Beyonce and Luther Vandross' The Closer I Get To You for the first dance and end with Journey's Don't ...
Saxophonist Dave Koz Performs With Orange County School Of The Arts As Part Of Master Artist Series
  –  January 11, 2018
Koz has collaborated with a long list of celebrated musicians, including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Burt Bacharach and many others. He is also a philanthropist, an entrepreneur and a well-known radio host. As part of Orange County School ...
You Won't Be Able to Resist Orgone's Funk
  –  January 10, 2018
"I came up on this boogie funk, this '80s thing. I was born in '81 and my parents had massive house parties and would play Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle, and that was kind of in my blood," de León says. Although de León didn't know ...
'Still offering reassurance and hope': our favourite David Bowie songs
  –  January 10, 2018
The band included Carlos Alomar, his guitarist for the next 30 years, and a pre-fame Luther Vandross, who created the vocal arrangements. A complete stylistic break from glam rock, Bowie self-deprecatingly called his new sound “plastic soul” – even ...
Soledad O'Brien, husband make a good team for their PowHERful home life
  –  January 3, 2018
There will probably be two videos, including one where we discuss the interview subject who got away, her beloved Luther Vandross. Q: Why do you love taking your PowHERful Summits all over the country? A: You know, it’s really fun to be with young women ...
Wendy Williams Blasts Patti LaBelle for ‘Violating Friendship’ with Luther Vandross (WATCH)
  –  December 8, 2017
*Wendy Williams has a has a crazy ass problem with Patti LaBelle stating the obvious about the late Luther Vandross‘ sexuality. And her reason is crazy and twisted, too. As revealed earlier this week in a clip from her appearance on Bravo’s “Watch ...
Patti LaBelle Explains Why Luther Vandross Never Admitted He Was Gay
  –  December 8, 2017
Even though Luther Vandross has been gone his legacy still lives strong today. Patti LaBelle clarifies why he never came out as a gay man. On a recent Watch What Happens Live episode Andy Cohen asked if Luther struggled with his sexuality thus the reason ...
Wendy Williams Calls Out Patti LaBelle for Outing Luther Vandross (UPDATE)
  –  December 7, 2017
Patti LaBelle recently confirmed years-long rumors that R&B star Luther Vandross was gay, a move many of his fans, including Wendy Williams, believe was out of bounds. The talk show host believes the soul singer should have remained mum on the subject ...

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