Knowledge Identifier: +Luther_Vandross
Born in 1951.
Countries: United States (79%), United Kingdom (7%), Mississippi (4%)
Linked to: Dionne Warwick, Western Michigan University, Chaka Khan, The Star-Ledger
Roberta Kelly - She released the single "Love Power" a cover version of a 1967 hit for The Sandpepples, written by Teddy Vann, and later made famous as part of the repertoire of Luther Vandross
Carlos Alomar - In 1969 Alomar formed a group called Listen My Brother with vocalists Luther Vandross, Fonzi Thornton , and Robin Clark
His next hit credit was on an album by Roberta Flack in 1972
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
El DeBarge - In 1983, DeBarge released "In a Special Way", which spawned the hits "Time Will Reveal" and "Love Me in a Special Way" and in 1984, the band became a sensation while touring for Luther Vandross on the singer's "Busy Body" tour
Dionne Warwick - In 1983, Dionne released "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye" produced by Luther Vandross
Aretha Franklin - The album was produced by R&B hitmaker Luther Vandross, who was called in to produce Franklin's follow-up, 1983's "Get It Right"
Jennifer Holliday - On October 30, 1986, Paul Simon hosted a Ken Ehrlich-Produced "Gospel Session" originally televised as part of a series of "Cinemax Sessions" featuring Holiday, Luther Vandross, The Oak Ridge Boys, Andrae Crouch, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The show began with Holiday singing "His Eye Is On The Sparrow
His collaborator on the album was pop star Richard Marx, whom Vandross had met in 1989
In 1990, Vandross wrote and sang background for Whitney Houston in a song entitled "Why Do You Love-" which appeared on her "I'm Your baby Tonight" album
Kirk Whalum - The 1990s brought Whalum a diverse series of session and touring jobs, working with artists like Whitney Houston, Willie Norwood, Babyface, Nancy Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Barbra Streisand, Kirk Franklin, Edwin Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Al Green, and Luther Vandross
In 1992, "The Best Things in Life Are Free", a duet with Janet Jackson from the movie "Mo' Money" became a hit
In 1993, Vandross had a brief non-speaking role in the Robert Townsend movie "The Meteor Man"
Guitarist Norman Brown did a rendition of "Any Love" on his 1994 album "After The Storm"
In 1999, Whitney Houston sang Vandross' "So Amazing" as a tribute to Vandross as he sat in the audience during the Soul Train awards
Garcelle Beauvais - After "The Jamie Foxx Show" ended its run in 2001, Beauvais appeared in Luther Vandross' music video, "Take You Out", playing Vandross' girlfriend
In 2002, he gave some of his final concerts during his last tour, The BK Got Soul Tour starring Vandross featuring Angie Stone and Gerald Levert
In 2009, Jadakiss sampled Vandross' "Promise Me" to make his song "The Things I've Been Through" on his album, "The Last Kiss"
In October 2015, Sony Music released a re-configured edition of its' "The Essential Luther Vandross" compilation containing three unreleased songs: "Love It, Love It" , a live recording of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with Paul Simon and Jennifer Holliday, and a cover of Astrud Gilberto's "Look to the Rainbow
In 2017, his friend Patti LaBelle confirmed that Vandross was in fact gay, but struggled to come out of the closet