The stories behind Luther Vandross’ greatest tracks – by the man who knew him best; Chic legend Fonzi Thornton. Fonzi goes into great detail about growing up with Luther and being best friends from the age of 13. “He always kept everybody in stitches, you can ask anyone in his band, anyone that worked with him.” Read more at Express.co.uk.
Luther Vandross’s lifelong friend and musical partner remembers bursting into tears at their final recording session together, moved by the personal sentiment of the tune “Dance With My Father” and by seeing his pal Luther’s ill health.
Backing singer Fonzi Thornton tells HuffPostUK:
“I looked at him and said, ‘You don’t feel well,’ but he told me he was okay.
…Fonzi was a lifelong friend of Luther, after meeting him in the East Harlem Projects where they both grew up.
… “He appeared serious, but it wasn’t arrogant,” he remembers. “He was just confident and clear, and so caring and generous with his friends and their families. He’d be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Luther Vandross – The Greatest Hits is out today in the UK!
What’s your favorite Luther Vandross song? Is it “So Amazing?” “The Closer I Get To You?”
Out next Monday exclusively in the UK, Luther Vandross – The Greatest Hits, featuring a previously unreleased track “Love It, Love It.” You can pre-order the album here.
Have you hear this previously unreleased track from Luther? It was recorded in 1994, around the time he released “Never Let Me Go.” You will find it on The Greatest Hits album, out exclusively in the UK on Monday Nov 17th. #LoveItLoveIt
“Oh my love, a thousand kisses from you is never too much. I just don’t wanna stop…”
“My first love, you’re every breath that I take. You’re every step I make.”
“If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him, I’d play a song that would never, ever end.”
Look what we have found… a Luther Vandross performance at his record breaking sold-out Wembley shows, 25 years ago. Were any of you at the show?