Luther Vandross Part Three

Luther Vandross Part Three

Luther Vandross Part Three

I’ve completed my Three Part blog with this one called Luther Vandross Part Three. I hope you enjoy it and come back again, and read the other two Parts.

Personal Life

Vandross never married and had no children. His older siblings all predeceased him.
Vandross‘s sexual orientation was a subject of media speculation. Jason Kingwriting in Vandross‘s obituary in The Village Voice, said: Though he never came out as gay, bisexual, or even straight, you had to be wearing blinders. According to Gene Davis, a television producer who worked with Vandross, Everybody in the business knew that Luther was gay. In 2006, Bruce Vilanch, a friend and colleague of Vandross, told Out magazine, He said to me, No one knows I‘m in the life. He had very few sexual contacts. According to Vilanch, Vandross experienced his longest romantic relationship with a man while living in Los Angeles during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In December 2017, his friend Patti LaBelle confirmed that Vandross was in fact gay, but struggled to come out of the closet.


Illness And Death

Vandross suffered from diabetes and hypertension. On April 16, 2003Vandross suffered a severe stroke at his home in New York City and was in coma for nearly two months. The stroke affected his ability to speak and sing, and required him to use a wheelchair.
At the 2004 Grammy Awards, Vandross appeared in a pre-taped video segment to accept his Song of the Year Award for Dance with My Father, saying, When I say goodbye it‘s never for long, because I believe in the power of love (Vandross sang the last six words). His mother, Mary, accepted the award in person on his behalf. His last public appearance was on May 6, 2004, on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Vandross died on July 1, 2005, at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, at the age of 54 of a heart attack.
Vandross‘s funeral was held at Riverside Church in New York City on July 8, 2005Cissy Houston, founding member of  The Sweet Inspirations and mother of Whitney Houston, sang at the funeral service. Vandross was buried at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey. He was survived by his mother, Mary Ida Vandross, who died in 2008.



Voice

Possessing a tenor vocal range, Vandross was commonly referred to as The Velvet Voice in reference to his exceptional vocal talent, and was sometimes called The Best Voice of a Generation. He was also regarded as thePavarotti of Pop by many critics. 
In 2008, Vandross was ranked No. 54 on Rolling Stone Magazine‘s List of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Mariah Carey stated several times in interviews that standing next to Vandross while recording their duet Endless Love was intimidating.
By popular vote, Vandross was inducted into The Soul Music Hall of Fame at Soul Music.com in December 2012.


Tribute



In 1999, Whitney Houston sang Vandross‘s So Amazing as a tribute to Vandross as he sat in the audience during the Soul Train Awards. Johnny Gill, El DeBarge, and Kenny Lattimore provided background vocals. On July 27, 2004, GRP Records released a smooth jazz various artists tribute album, Forever, for Always, for Lutherincluding ten popular songs written by Vandross. The album featured vocal arrangements by Luther, and was produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. Rideout had co-authored songs, contributed arrangements and played keyboards on Vandross‘s final three albums. The tribute album was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther‘s music over the years. It featured an ensemble of smooth jazz performers, many of whom had previously worked with Vandross.
On September 20, 2005, the album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross was released. The album is a collection of some of his songs performed by various artists, including Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Fantasia, BeyoncéDonna Summer, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Angie Stone, Jamie Foxx, Teddy Pendergrass, and Aretha Franklin. Aretha Franklin won a Grammy for her rendition of A House Is Not Home, and Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé won a Grammy for their cover of So Amazing.

The violin duo Nuttin But Stringz did a remix of the song Dance with My Fatherfor their album Struggle from the Subway to the Charts, which was released on October 3, 2006. 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 IIalso produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. Dave Koz played on all the featured Luther Vandross tracks, which were recorded by various smooth jazz artists.
In 2007, Deniece Williams included Never Too Much on her Love, Niecy Style CDWilliams said that she recorded the song to say I love you to her old friend. In the music video Bye Bye from Mariah Carey Vandross‘s picture appears in the closing images. His image was included as a tribute along with various other deceased people with whom Carey had collaborated.
In 2008, Keyshia Cole sang the outro to Luther Vandross on Playa Cardz Right,which featured rapper Tupac Shakur from her 2008 album, A Different Me. Guitarist Norman Brown did a rendition of Any Love on his 1994 album After The Storm. R&B band 112 sampled Vandross‘s Don’t You Know That to make their song Love Me on their second album Room 112. Saxophonist Boney James covered his rendition on his final track The Night I Fell in Love on Backbone in 1994.
Vandross has been cited as an influence on a number of other artists, including 112, Boyz II Men, D’Angelo, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jaheim, John Legend, Mint Condition, Ne-Yo, Ruben Studdard, and Usher. Stokley Williams, the leadsinger of Mint Condition, has said that he has studied Luther for such a longtime because he was the epitome of perfect tone. On his influence, John Legend has said, All us people making slow jams now, we was inspired by the slow jams Luther Vandross was making.

In 2010, NPR included Vandross in its 50 Greatest Voices in recorded historysaying Vandross represents the platinum standard for R&B song stylings. The announcement was made on NPR‘s All Things Considered on November 29, 2010.
Author Craig Seymour wrote a book about Vandross called Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross. The book includes numerous interviews with Vandross.


New Releases

J Records released a song, Shine an upbeat R&B track that samples Chic‘s disco song My Forbidden Lover which reached No. 31 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song was originally slated to be released on the soundtrack to the movie, The Fighting Temptations, but it was shelved. A later remix of the song peaked at No. 10 on the Club Play chart. Shine and a track titled Got You Home were previously unreleased songs on The Ultimate Luther Vandross (2006 ), a greatest hits album on Epic Records/J Records/Legacy Recordings that was released August 22, 2006.
On October 16, 2007, Epic Records/J Records/Legacy Recordings released a 4-discboxed set titled Love, Luther. It features nearly all of Vandross‘s R&B and pop hits throughout his career, as well as unreleased live tracks, alternate versionsand outtakes from sessions that Vandross recorded. The set also includes There‘s Only You, a version of which had originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1987 film Made in Heaven.
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(which made its premiere a year prior on the UK compilation The Greatest Hits), alive recording of Bridge Over Troubled Water with Paul Simon and Jennifer Holliday, and a cover of Astrud Gilberto‘s Look to the Rainbow.


Discography

Luther (1976)

This Close to You (1977)

Never Too Much (1981)

Forever, for Always, for Love (1982)

Busy Body (1983)

The Night I Fell in Love (1985)

Give Me the Reason (1986)

Any Love (1988)

Power of Love (1991)

Never Let Me Go (1993)

Songs (1994)

This Is Christmas (1995)

Your Secret Love (1996)

I Know (1998)

Luther Vandross (2001)

Dance with My Father (2003)



Tours

Luther Tour (1981 )

Forever For Always For Love Tour (1982 1983).

Busy Body Tour (1984 ).

The Night I Fell in Love Tour (1985 1986).

Give Me the Reason Tour (1987 ).

Any Love World Tour (1988 1989).

Best of Love Tour (1990 ).

The Power of Love Tour (1991 ).

Never Let Me Go World Tour (1993 1994).

Your Secret Love World Tour (1997 ).

Take You Out Tour (2001 2002).

BK Got Soul Tour (2002 ).



Awards


Grammy Award

Year.

Nominee/ work.

Award.

Result.

1982.

Luther Vandross.

Best New Artist.

Nominated.

Never Too Much.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

1983.

Forever, For Always, For Love.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

1986.

The Night I Fell in Love.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

1987.

Give Me the Reason.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

Best R&B Song (shared with Nat Adderley, Jr.).

Nominated.

1989.

Any Love.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

Best R&B Song (shared with Marcus Miller).

Nominated.

1990.

She Won’t Talk to Me.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

1991.

Here and Now.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Won.

1992.

Power of Love/Love Power.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Won.

Best R&B Song (with Marcus Miller and Teddy Vann).

Won.

Doctor‘s Orders (with Aretha Franklin).

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Nominated.

1993.

The Best Things in Life Are Free (with Janet Jackson).

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Nominated.

1994.

How Deep Is Your Love.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

Heaven Knows.

Best R&B Song (shared with Reed Vertelney).

Nominated.

Little Miracles (Happen Every Day).

Best R&B Song (shared with Marcus Miller).

Nominated.

1995.

Love the One You‘re With.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

Endless Love (with Mariah Carey).

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Nominated.

Always and Forever.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

Songs.

Best R&B Album.

Nominated.

1997.

Your Secret Love.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Won.

Best R&B Song (shared with Reed Vertelney).

Nominated.

1998.

When You Call on Me/ Baby That‘s When I Come Runnin.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

1999.

I Know.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.

I Know.

Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Nominated.

2003.

Any Day Now.

Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Nominated.

2004.

Dance with My Father.

Song of the Year (shared with Richard Marx).

Won.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Won.

Best R&B Song (shared with Richard Marx).

Nominated.

The Closer I Get to You (with Beyoncé).

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Won.

Dance with My Father.

Best R&B Album.

Won.

2007.

Got You Home.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Nominated.



Soul Train Music Awards.

Year.

Nominee/ work.

Award.

Result.

1987.

Give Me the Reason.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Won.

Give Me the Reason.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Nominated.

1988.

So Amazing.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Nominated.

1989.

Any Love.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Nominated.

1990.

The Best of Luther Vandross The Best of Love.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Nominated.

Here and Now.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Won.

Best Song of the Year.

Nominated.

1992.

Power of Love.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Won.

Power of Love/Love Power.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Nominated.

1994.

Never Let Me Go.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Nominated.

Heaven Knows.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Nominated.

1995.

Songs.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Nominated.

1999.

Luther Vandross.

Quincy Jones Award for Career Achievement.

Honor.

2004.

Dance with My Father.

Best Album of the Year.

Nominated.

Best R&B/ Soul Album Male.

Nominated.

Dance with My Father.

Best R&B/ Soul Single Male.

Won.

2005.

The Closer I Get to You (with Beyoncé).

Best R&B/ Soul Single Group, Band or Duo.

Nominated.



American Music Award

Year.

Nominee/ work.

Award.

Result.

1986.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Nominated.

The Night I Fell in Love.

Favorite Soul/R & B Album.

Nominated.

1988.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

Give Me the Reason.

Favorite Soul/R & B Album.

Nominated.

1990.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

1992.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

Power of Love.

Favorite Soul/R & B Album.

Won.

1994.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

1996.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

2002.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

2003.

Luther Vandross.

Favorite Soul/R & B Male Artist.

Won.

Dance with My Father.

Favorite Soul/R & B Album.

Won.



Hollywood Walk of Fame

Inducted: Star (Posthumous) (June 3, 2014)

 

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