Chic’s Alfa Anderson recalls meeting Luther Vandross in a studio. “A few days later, I got a phone call, saying that he wanted to talk to me. … We just started talking — I would call him, go up to his house. We would cook and eat. He would sit at the keyboard and would write songs. We never wrote together, but we would sing together all the time.
“That was the beginning of my being involved in the ‘Luther Vandross University of vocalizing,’” notes Anderson. “He was so meticulous about vocals. We would listen to background vocals. We would talk about how wonderful they were and he would break everything down.
“That was the beginning of a friendship that would last actually until he died. I owe a debt of gratitude,” says Anderson on “When Luther Sings,” the first single from her debut solo album, From My Heart that will be released this summer. It pays homage to her good friend and musical mentor.
“When I heard him sing, he opened his mouth and I was smitten,” remembers Anderson fondly. “I haven’t heard anybody sing like that in my entire life. I haven’t heard anybody sing who has a gift that he had…warm and inviting — I still haven’t found it.”
Read more at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
Watch the 2017 edition of “One Shining Moment,” with vocals by Luther Vandross, for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22nd, Parlophone will release the limited edition David Bowie album, CRACKED ACTOR (Live In Los Angeles 1974), the first official release of this Philly Dogs Tour show from September 1974, some of which was featured in Alan Yentob’s BBC documentary, Cracked Actor.
The album differs greatly from Bowie’s David Live album (also from 1974), as it features a new band line up including soul legend Luther Vandross on vocals.
The full concert is documented on a triple vinyl five-sided album. The sixth side features an etching of the Diamond Dogs era Bowie logo.
To purchase this exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release on April 22, you can find participating retailers at RecordStoreDay.com.
DAVID BOWIE – CRACKED ACTOR (LIVE LOS ANGELES ’74) (3 LP SET)
Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing
All The Young Dudes
Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
Knock On Wood
It’s Gonna Be Me
The Jean Genie
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
David Bowie logo etching
Recorded live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles on 5th September 1974. Produced by David Bowie. Mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC in October/November 2016.
David Bowie – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Earl Slick – guitar
Carlos Alomar – guitar
Mike Garson – piano, Mellotron
David Sanborn – alto sax, flute
Pablo Rosario – conga
Doug Raunch – bass
Greg Errico – drums
Backing vocals – Warren Peace, Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry, Diane Sumler and Robin Clark.
Many fans are passionate about keeping Luther Vandross’ version of the David Barrett-penned tune “One Shining Moment” intact for the end of NCAA men’s basketball March Madness. So there’s good news for “One Shining Moment” purists out there: Barrett told TMZ that Vandross’ version will indeed be used by CBS after March Madness comes to a close. A CBS spokesperson confirmed to For The Win that was the case.
Read more at For The Win at USA Today Sports.
Here is last year’s edition of “One Shining Moment” using Luther’s recording.
Vocalist Lisa Fischer has worked extensively with Chris Botti, Sting, Aretha Franklin and many others. But the person she credits the most for her career …
“Luther Vandross for sure. He was perfect.”
Read more of her interview from Texas Public Radio.
Today marks the 65th birthday of Luther Vandross. While he will always be missed, his music continues to live on.
Celebrate Luther’s birthday and feel the power of love and the power of Luther with this playlist of his all-time classics.
Barbershop: The Next Cut, which opens in U.S. theaters today, features Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” on the soundtrack. Listen to it on Spotify!
Watch the 2016 edition of “One Shining Moment,” using the perennial recording by Luther Vandross, for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.
Happy Holidays! Just in time for Christmas, the Obamas are sharing their favorite holiday music on Spotify. “Holidays with the Obamas,” a playlist curated by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, includes Luther Vandross’ recording of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Listen to it now!