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Luther Vandross

voc, bvoc, 1951-2005 US, Manhattan
Singer / Songwriter / Producer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr.

Luther Vandross was born on the Lower East Side of New York on April 20, 1951. His first big break came in 1975, when he performed as a backing singer on David Bowie's Young Americans album, and received a co-writer credit after his song "Funky Music" was adapted by Bowie to become "Fascination". He was also a backing singer for Bette Midler, Donna Summer and Carly Simon. He was lead singer of the group Change, which had hits such as "A Lover's Holiday", "Searching" and "The Glow Of Love". In the late 1970s he was part of a singing quintet consisting former Shades of Jade members Anthony Hinton and Diane Sumler, Theresa V. Reed, and Christine Wiltshire, also called Luther. In 1981, Luther released his debut solo album Never Too Much. Between 1982 and 1985, five albums were released, all selling over a million copies each. Over the years, he was awarded five platinum and one double platinum disc, as well as winning 8 Grammy awards. He died July 1, 2005 at the age of 54, two years after suffering a major stroke.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Piano
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
  • Dance
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Never Too Much on Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
Endless Love (with Mariah Carey) on Songs by Luther Vandross
Dance With My Father on Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
I'd Rather on The Ultimate Luther Vandross by Luther Vandross
Always and Forever on Songs by Luther Vandross
Here and Now on The Best of Luther Vandross The Best of Love by Luther Vandross
So Amazing on Give Me The Reason by Luther Vandross
A House Is Not a Home on Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
Every Year, Every Christmas on This Is Christmas by Luther Vandross
Take You Out - Radio Edit on Luther Vandross by Luther Vandross

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Better Love / Hearts DesireLuther Vandross / Don Blackman2015Single
She's A Super Lady / Love Talkin'Luther Vandross / Tatsuro Yamashita2015Single
The Greatest HitsLuther Vandross2014Compil.
The Box Set SeriesLuther Vandross2014Compil.
Original Album ClassicsLuther Vandross2013Compil.
The Classic Christmas AlbumLuther Vandross2012Compil.
Hidden GemsLuther Vandross2012Compil.
S.O.U.L.Luther Vandross2011Compil.
Searchin' / Hi-Jack (Tom Moulton Mixes)Change Feat. Luther Vandross / Herbie Mann2011Album
Essential MixesLuther Vandross2010Compil.
The Amazing CollectionLuther Vandross2010Compil.
The BalladsLuther Vandross2009Compil.
LoveSongs (7 Track Sampler)Luther Vandross2009Album
Playlist: The Very Best Of Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2009Compil.
Triple Feature: Give Me The Reason/ Never Let Me Go / Power Of LoveLuther Vandross2009Compil.
Never Too Much: The Soul Of Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2009Compil.
CollectionsLuther Vandross2008Compil.
Ultimate CollectionLuther Vandross2008Album
Super HitsLuther Vandross2007Compil.
The Ultimate Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2007Compil.
Discover Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2007Compil.
Love, LutherLuther Vandross2007Compil.
Songs / Your Secret LoveLuther Vandross2007Album
X3 - Never Too Much / Give Me The Reason / Power Of LoveLuther Vandross2007Compil.
Got You HomeLuther Vandross2006Single
Sexual Healing RMX / Can Heaven Wait RMXMarvin Gaye / Luther Vandross2006Single
Shine / Fly Like A BirdLuther Vandross / Mariah Carey2006Album
ShineLuther Vandross2006Album
The Ultimate Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2006Compil.
The CollectionLuther Vandross2005Compil.
Journeys In BlackLuther Vandross2005Single
The Ultra SelectionLuther Vandross2005Compil.
Legends Of SoulLuther Vandross2005Compil.
CollectionsLuther Vandross2005Compil.
Luther Vandross - The Best OfLuther Vandross2005Compil.
Buy Me A RoseLuther Vandross2004Single
Artist Collection - Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2004Compil.
From Luther With Love: The VideosLuther Vandross2004Album
The Closer I Get To YouLuther Vandross Duet W/ Beyoncé2004Single
The CollectionLuther Vandross2004Compil.
Dance With My Father (Album Sampler)Luther Vandross2003Album
Dance With My FatherLuther Vandross2003Album
Dance With My FatherLuther Vandross2003Single
Think About YouLuther Vandross2003Single
2CDsLuther Vandross2003Compil.
The Essential Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2003Compil.
Lovely DayLuther Vandross Feat. Busta Rhymes2003Single
Live Radio City Music Hall 2003Luther Vandross2003Album
I'd RatherLuther Vandross2002Single
The Essential Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2002Compil.
The Essential Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2002Compil.
The Very Best Of LoveLuther Vandross2002Compil.
Stop To LoveLuther Vandross2002Compil.
Bring Your Heart To MineLuther Vandross2001Single
Luther VandrossLuther Vandross2001Album
The UltimateLuther Vandross2001Compil.
Luther Vandross SamplerLuther Vandross2001Album
Love BalladsLuther Vandross2001Compil.
Home For ChristmasLuther Vandross2001Compil.
Take You OutLuther Vandross2001Single
Can Heaven WaitLuther Vandross2001Single
the collectionLuther Vandross2000Album
Smooth LoveLuther Vandross2000Compil.
Super HitsLuther Vandross2000Compil.
Can't Let You Go (The Sha La Song)Dave Koz Featuring Luther Vandross2000Single
Greatest HitsLuther Vandross1999Compil.
Greatest HitsLuther Vandross1999Album
It's All About YouLuther Vandross1998Single
I KnowLuther Vandross1998Album
Nights In HarlemLuther Vandross featuring The PreC.I.S.E. MC1998Album
I Know (Remixes)Luther Vandross1998Single
Are You Using Me?Luther Vandross1998Album
Love Is On The WayLuther Vandross1998Compil.
Always Forever The ClassicsLuther Vandross1998Compil.
One Night With You - The Best Of Love Volume 2Luther Vandross1997Compil.
When You Call On Me / Baby That's When I Come Runnin'Luther Vandross1997Single
One Night With You - The Best Of LoveLuther Vandross1997Compil.
A Selection Of LoveLuther Vandross1997Album
I Won't Let You Do That To MeLuther Vandross1997Album
I Can Make It BetterLuther Vandross1996Single
Your Secret LoveLuther Vandross1996Single
Greatest HitsLuther Vandross1996Album
Your Secret LoveLuther Vandross1996Album
Love Don't Love You Anymore (Tony Moran Mixes)Luther Vandross1996Album
Going In Circles / Love The One You're WithLuther Vandross1995Single
Searching / The Glow Of LoveLuther Vandross1995Album
The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)Luther Vandross1995Album
Ain't No Stoppin' Us NowLuther Vandross1995Single
This Is ChristmasLuther Vandross1995Album
Greatest Hits 1981-1995Luther Vandross1995Compil.
Every Year Every ChristmasLuther Vandross1995Single
Always And Forever - An Evening Of Songs At Royal Albert HallLuther Vandross1994Album
Live SamplerLuther Vandross1994Album
Luther VandrossLuther Vandross1994Album
SongsLuther Vandross1994Album
Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun) / Endless LoveCyndi Lauper / Luther Vandross Duet With Mariah Carey1994Single
HelloLuther Vandross1994Single
Always And ForeverLuther Vandross1994Single
Love The One You're WithLuther Vandross1994Single
Endless LoveLuther Vandross & Mariah Carey1994Single
Always And Forever Live From Royal Albert HallLuther Vandross1994Single
Heaven KnowsLuther Vandross1993Single
To LoveLuther Vandross1993Compil.
Never Let Me GoLuther Vandross1993Album
Love Is On The Way (Real Love)Luther Vandross1993Album
Never Let Me GoLuther Vandross1993Single
Heart Of A HeroLuther Vandross1992Single
Sometimes It's Only LoveLuther Vandross1992Single
Twelve Inch MixesLuther Vandross1992Compil.
Never Too Much / See MeLuther Vandross1992Album
The Best Things In Life Are FreeLuther Vandross And Janet Jackson With Special Guests Bell Biv Devoe And Ralph Tresvant1992Single
The Best Of Luther VandrossLuther Vandross1991Album
The RushLuther Vandross1991Album
The Best RemixesLuther Vandross1991Compil.
Power Of LoveLuther Vandross1991Album
Don't Want To Be A FoolLuther Vandross1991Single
Power Of Love / Love PowerLuther Vandross1991Single
May Christmas Bring You HappinessLuther Vandross1991Single
Never Too Much / You're The Sweetest OneLuther Vandross1990Single
The Best Of Luther Vandross... The Best Of LoveLuther Vandross1989Compil.
Never Too Much (Remix '89)Luther Vandross1989Album
Live At WembleyLuther Vandross1989Album
Ben Liebrand Megamix / Never Too MuchLuther Vandross1989Single
The Best Of Luther Vandross - The Best Of LoveLuther Vandross1989Compil.
Come BackLuther Vandross1989Single
Here And NowLuther Vandross1989Album
Any LoveLuther Vandross1988Album
Any LoveLuther Vandross1988Album
Treat You RightLuther Vandross1988Album
For You To LoveLuther Vandross1988Album
She Won't Talk To MeLuther Vandross1988Single
In Concert-445Luther Vandross1988Album
I Gave It Up (When I Fell In Love)Luther Vandross1988Album
I WonderLuther Vandross1988Album
Give Me The Reason / Never Too MuchLuther Vandross1987Single
I Really Didn't Mean ItLuther Vandross1987Single
Give Me The ReasonLuther Vandross1987Album
There's Nothing Better Than LoveLuther Vandross - Gregory Hines1987Album
See MeLuther Vandross1987Album
So AmazingLuther Vandross1987Single
The All-Star Gospel SessionPaul Simon ★ Andraé Crouch ★ Edwin Hawkins Singers ★ Jennifer Holliday ★ The Mighty Clouds Of Joy ★ The Oak Ridge Boys ★ Luther Vandross1987Album
Stop To LoveLuther Vandross1986Album
The Ruthless SamplerMick Jagger / Luther Vandross1986Album
Anyone Who Had A HeartLuther Vandross1986Single
Give Me The ReasonLuther Vandross1986Album
Give Me The Reason / Neighborhood WatchLuther Vandross / Michel Colombier1986Single
The Night I Fell In LoveLuther Vandross1985Album
Other Side Of The World / If Only For One NightLuther Vandross1985Album
'Til My Baby Comes HomeLuther Vandross1985Album
Wait For LoveLuther Vandross1985Single
Street BeatLuther Vandross1985Album
It's Over NowLuther Vandross1985Single
Never Too Much / Superstar (Don't You Remember...)Luther Vandross1984Single
Santa's Rap / At Christmas TimeTreacherous Three / Luther Vandross1984Single
Got A Date / How Many Times Can We Say GoodbyeDionne Warwick And Luther Vandross1983Single
Busy BodyLuther Vandross1983Single
How Many Times Can We Say GoodbyeDionne Warwick And Luther Vandross1983Single
Busy BodyLuther Vandross1983Album
Superstar / Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)Luther Vandross1983Album
I'll Let You SlideLuther Vandross1983Album
Forever, For Always, For LoveLuther Vandross1982Album
Luther VandrossLuther Vandross1982Compil.
You're The Sweetest One / She's A Super LadyLuther Vandross1982Single
Bad Boy / Having A Party / Once You Know HowLuther Vandross1982Album
Promise MeLuther Vandross1982Single
Since I Lost My Baby/You're The Sweetest ThingLuther Vandross1982Single
Love Is MessageMichael Jackson / George Duke / Luther Vandross1982Compil.
She Loves Me BackLuther Vandross1982Single
Never Too MuchLuther Vandross1981Album
Don't You Know That?Luther Vandross1981Single
Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl) / She's A Super LadyLuther Vandross1981Single
Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl)Luther Vandross1981Single
Never Too MuchLuther Vandross1981Album
Another Way / Nights In HarlemTevin Campbell, Luther VandrossSingle
Busted / Dance With My FatherMr. Biggs / Luther VandrossSingle
Reggae Night / No Lies / Never Too MuchJimmy Cliff / The S.O.S. Band / Luther VandrossAlbum
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