Luther Vandross, singer
birth name: Luther Ronzoni Vandross

Luther Vandross

April 20, 1951, New York, NY ~ July 1, 2005, Edison, NJ

One of his first big breaks came when he penned the song Everybody Rejoice (A Brand New Day)’ for the hit Broadway musical, The Wiz, in 1972. Shortly after that David Bowie asked Luther to sing on his Young Americans LP and then followed that up with a tour, which is how Luther met up with Bette Midler. Bette asked him to sing on her Songs For The New Depression album and then he toured with the Divine Miss M. It wasn't too long before the word was out in the industry about Mr. Vandross and he became in great demand as a session/background singer (adding his soulful voice to albums for artists Average White Band, Change, Chic, Cissy Houston, Barbra Streisand and Roberta Flack to name just a very few) - not to mention the major TV commercials (KFC, AT&T, Miller Beer and NBC are just a few examples) for which he wrote and sang jingles. A couple of disco classics in the 70's by Change (The Glow of Love) and Bionic Boogie (Hot Butterfly) both featured Luther on lead vocals. ~ Soultracks: Luther Vandross ~ retrieved June 7, 2013 © SoulTracks

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April 20, 1985 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Commodores, Nightshift ~ #2 (3) Madonna, Crazy For You ~ #1 (1) USA For Africa, We Are The World


Luther Vandross emerged from jingles and background singing to become one of the preeminent black male vocalists of the era. With the exception of his solo debut and his post-1994 material, all of his LPs have been certified platinum or double platinum. ~ Rolling Stone: Luther Vandross ~ retrieved April 20, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Luther Vandross ~ Ranked #54 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008.

Luther Vandross ~ The Night I Fell In Love (1985) ~ Ranked #93 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ Discussing the eight tracks on The Night I Fell In Love, Vandross says, “Yeah, that's a good album. There was something magical about the way everyone responded to it, which to this day I can't account for.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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