Luther Vandross

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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 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.

During his career, Vandross sold over 25 million records worldwide, and received eight Grammy Awards 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". The song was co-written with Vandross' friend and protégé, Richard Marx.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Luther Luther Vandross 1
1977 This Close to You Luther Vandross 1
1981 luther vandross Luther Vandross 1
1981 Never Too Much Luther Vandross 2
1982 Forever, for Always, for Love Luther Vandross 2
1983 Busy Body Luther Vandross 2
1985 The Night I Fell in Love Luther Vandross 1
1986 Give Me the Reason Luther Vandross 2
1988 Any Love Luther Vandross 1
1991 Power of Love Luther Vandross 1
1993 Never Let Me Go Luther Vandross 2
1994 Songs Luther Vandross 1
1995 This Is Christmas Luther Vandross 1
1996 Your Secret Love Luther Vandross 1
1998 I Know Luther Vandross 1
2001 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 3
2001 Home for Christmas Luther Vandross 1
2003 Dance With My Father Luther Vandross 1
2011 S.O.U.L. Luther Vandross 1
2012 Hidden Gems Luther Vandross 1
2012 The Classic Christmas Album Luther Vandross 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Best of Luther Vandross: The Best of Love Luther Vandross 3
1991 The 12 Inch Tapes: 5 Twelve Inch Mixes Luther Vandross 1
1995 Greatest Hits 1981-1995 Luther Vandross 2
1997 One Night With You: The Best of Love Luther Vandross 1
1997 One Night With You: The Best of Love, Volume 2 Luther Vandross 1
1998 Love Is on the Way Luther Vandross 1
1998 Always & Forever: The Classics Luther Vandross 1
1999 Greatest Hits Luther Vandross 1
2000 Super Hits Luther Vandross 1
2001 The Ultimate Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 5 1
2002 Stop to Love Luther Vandross 1
2002 The Essential Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 2
2004 Artist Collection Luther Vandross 1
2005 The Ultra Selection Luther Vandross 1
2006 The Ultimate Luther Vandross Luther Vandross 5
2009 Lovesongs Luther Vandross 1
2010 Essential Mixes Luther Vandross 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Live Radio City Music Hall Luther Vandross 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Never Too Much Luther Vandross 2
1992 The Best Things in Life Are Free Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson 2
1994 Endless Love Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey 2
1994 Love The One You're With Luther Vandross 1
1996 Your Secret Love Luther Vandross 1
2003 Dance With My Father Luther Vandross 1
Every Year, Every Christmas Luther Vandross 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Power of Love / Love Power Luther Vandross 1

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