Luther Vandross

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Luther Vandross

American singer-songwriter and record producer add

Category: Music

Born in 1951.

Countries: United States (79%), United Kingdom (7%), Mississippi (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie

Linked to: Dionne Warwick, Western Michigan University, Chaka Khan, The Star-Ledger

 

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Luther Vandross was born in 1951 add something


1958

His sister, Patricia, sang with the vocal group The Crests, who had a number two hit in 1958 with "16 Candles", though she left the group before the recording add something


1967

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


1969

He was a member of a theater workshop, "Listen My Brother" who released 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 add something

 

Carlos Alomar - In 1969 Alomar formed a group called Listen My Brother with vocalists Luther Vandross, Fonzi Thornton , and Robin Clark


1970

Vandross wrote and sang commercial jingles during the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continued his successful career as a popular session singer during the late 1970s add something


1972

His next hit credit was on an album by Roberta Flack in 1972 add something


1973

Luther sang on Delores Hall's Hall-Mark album from 1973 add something


1974

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 add something


1975

Vandross wrote "Everybody Rejoice" for the 1975 Broadway musical "The Wiz" and appeared as a choir member in the movie add something


1978

In 1978, Luther sang lead vocals for a disco band called Greg Diamond's Bionic Boogie on the song titled "Hot Butterfly add something


1979

He sang the lead vocals on the group Mascara LP title song "See You in L.A." released in 1979 add something

 

Luther appeared on the group Charme's 1979 album Let It In, most notably on a remake of Toto's hit single "Georgy Porgy" add something

 

Robin Beck - She sang on radio jingles for &Jam_Creative_Productions (JAM_Creative_Productions), in particular "the ultimate one" for BBC Radio One in the UK. Her first album was released in 1979, and featured Irene Cara and Luther Vandross on backing vocals

 

Candi Staton - Staton collaborated with Change, Luther Vandross, and Janet Jackson on her 1979 album title song "Chance" and album single "When You Wake Up Tomorrow"


1980

Their 1980 hits, "The Glow of Love" and "Searching" , both featuring Vandross as lead singer, opened up the world for Vandross add something

 

Vandross released a series of successful R&B albums during the 1980s and continued his session work with guest vocals on groups like Charme in 1982 add something


1981

Vandross was originally intended to perform on their second and highly successful album "Miracles" in 1981, but declined the offer as Petrus didn't pay enough money add something

 

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 act, the B. B. & Q. Band in 1981 add something


1982

Cheryl Lynn - The 2nd single from the album, "If This World Were Mine" - a 1982 duet with Luther Vandross that cover-versioned a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell song, has become a classic


1983

He produced the disappointing follow-up album, 1983's "Get It Right" add something

 

In 1983, the opportunity to work with his main music influence, Dionne Warwick, came about with Vandross producing, writing songs, and singing on "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye", her fourth album for Arista Records add something

 

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"


1985

In 1985, Vandross first spotted the talent of Jimmy Salvemini, 15 at the time, on "Star Search" add something

 

Vandross sings background in Stevie Wonder's 1985 hit "Part Time Lovers" add something

 

Lela Rochon - She appeared in the 1985 TV film, "A Bunny's Tale" based on Gloria Steinem's experiences as a Playboy Bunny; and appeared as the love interest of Gerald Levert in the video for "My Forever Love" by Levert, and on Luther Vandross's "It's Over Now" video


1986

In 1986, Vandross faced vehicular manslaughter charges as a result of Larry's death add something

 

In 1986, Vandross voiced a cartoon character named Zack for three Saturday morning animated PSA spots for ABC Television called 'Zack of All Trades' add something

 

On January 12, 1986, they were riding in Vandross' convertible Mercedes when it crossed the yellow lines of the two lane street and smashed into two vehicles add something

 

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


1987

The set includes "There's Only You", a version of which had originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1987 film "Made in Heaven" add something


1989

His collaborator on the album was pop star Richard Marx, whom Vandross had met in 1989 add something

 

Sugar Ray Leonard - In 1989, Leonard was introduced to Bernadette Robi by Kenny G at a Luther Vandross concert

 

Lisa Fischer - She has been back-up singer for a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross and Tina Turner, and has toured with The Rolling Stones since 1989, where her popularity with the fans has brought her to routinely duet with Mick Jagger on several songs when performing onstage


1990

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 add something

 

More albums followed in the 1990s, beginning with 1991's "Power of Love" which spawned two top ten pop hits add something

 

Frankie Knuckles - Knuckles continued to work as a remixer through the 1990s and into the next decade, reworking tracks from Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana_Ross, Eternal and Toni Braxton

 

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


 

He won his first Grammy award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1991 add something


1992

In 1992, "The Best Things in Life Are Free", a duet with Janet Jackson from the movie "Mo' Money" became a hit add something

 

Marcus Miller - He won a Grammy Award for Best RB Song in 1992, for Luther Vandross' "Power of Love" and in 2001 he won for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his fourth solo instrumental album, M2.


1993

In 1993, Vandross had a brief non-speaking role in the Robert Townsend movie "The Meteor Man" add something


1994

Guitarist Norman Brown did a rendition of "Any Love" on his 1994 album "After The Storm" add something

 

Saxophonist Boney James covers his rendition on his final track "The Night I Fell In Love" on "Backbone" in 1994 add something

 

Vandross hit the top ten again in 1994, teaming with Mariah Carey on a cover version of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross's duet "Endless Love" add something

 

Mariah Carey - In late 1994, Carey recorded a duet with Luther_Vandross; a cover of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross's "Endless Love".


1997

A second greatest hits album, released in 1997, compiled most of his 1990s hits and was his final album released through Epic Records add something

 

At the Grammy awards of 1997, he won his third Best Male R&B Vocal for the track "Your Secret Love" add something

 

In 1997, Vandross sang the American national anthem during Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana add something

 

Teddy Riley's protege rapper Queen Pen has been sampled on her song "All My Love" which based on Vandross' song of the same name that was produced by Riley on her 1997 debut release, "My Melody" add something


1998

In 1998, well-known guitarist Peter White covered the Vandross song "Don't Want to Be a Fool", from the album "Perfect Moment" add something


 

In 1999, Whitney Houston sang Vandross' "So Amazing" as a tribute to Vandross as he sat in the audience during the Soul Train awards add something


2001

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 add something

 

Smooth jazz urban saxophonist Alfonzo Blackwell covered the song on his 2001 "Reflections" CD, just two months after Vandross' "self-titled" release add something

 

In September 2001, Vandross performed a rendition of Michael Jackson's hit song "Man in the Mirror" at Jackson's 30th Anniversary special, alongside Usher add something

 

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


2002

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 add something


2003

In 2003, Vandross released the album "Dance with My Father" add something

 

In 2003, after the televised NCAA Men's Basketball championship, CBS Sports gave "One Shining Moment" a new look add something

 

On April 16, 2003, Vandross suffered a stroke at his home in New York City add something


2004

The 2nd single released from that album, "Think About You" was the Number One Urban Adult Contemporary Song of 2004 according to Radio & Records add something

 

The title track, which was dedicated to Vandross' memory childhood dances with his father, won Vandross and his co-writer, Richard Marx, the 2004 Grammy award for "Song of the Year" add something

 

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 add something


Luther Vandross died in 2005 add something

 

Vandross died on July 1, 2005 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey at the age of 54 add something

 

After two days of viewing at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, his funeral was held at Riverside Church in New York City on July 8, 2005 add something


2006

The violin duo Nuttin' But Stringz did a remix of the song "Dance with My Father" for their album "Struggle from the Subway to the Charts", which was released on October 3, 2006 add something

 

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", produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner add something


2007

In 2007, Deniece Williams included "Never Too Much" on her "Love, Niecy Style" CD. Williams said that she recorded the song to say "I love you" to her old friend add something


2009

In 2009, Jadakiss sampled Vandross' "Promise Me" to make his song "The Things I've Been Through" on his album, "The Last Kiss" add something


2011

Jacob Lusk performed "Dance With My Father" on "American Idol" season 10 as a tribute to his late father Gregory Lusk and as a tribute to Vandross on April 20, 2011 add something


2012

By popular vote, Luther Vandross was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall of Fame at SoulMusic.com in December 2012 add something


2013

This 'Oprah Prime' interview first aired in America on 3 November 2013 add something


2015

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 add something


2017

In 2017, his friend Patti LaBelle confirmed that Vandross was in fact gay, but struggled to come out of the closet add something

 

In December 2017, his friend Patti LaBelle confirmed that Vandross was in fact gay, but struggled to come out of the closet add something