Luther Vandross

Born 20 April 1951. Died 1 July 2005.
Luther Vandross


Luther Ronzoni Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer and songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change which released its certified gold 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 hits in his career.

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  1. Review of Forever, For Always, For Love

    Forever, For Always, For Love 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Vandross creates his own universe with his loved one at its very centre.
  2. Review of Dance With My Father

    Dance With My Father 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    ...if you like your r&b to be smooth and your songs to be grown-up, you're not going...
  3. Review of The Night I Fell in Love

    The Night I Fell in Love 1985

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Dreamy reveries, performed by Vandross at the absolute top of his game.
  4. Review of Busy Body

    Busy Body 1983

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Dancefloor joy and broken hearts on Vandross’ third album.
  5. Review of Luther Vandross

    Luther Vandross

    Reviewed by Denise Boyd
    With this album Luther has stepped into the 21st century with style...
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