NPR’s “All Things Considered” has featured Luther Vandross in its series of “50 Great Voices,” noting that Luther’s “vocal instrument was supremely fine-tuned, controlled and yet effortless.” Their report also includes comments about Luther from friends and collaborators like Dionne Warwick and Marcus Miller. Dionne said, “When I heard Luther’s voice, I heard peace. It made me feel good.” You can listen to the broadcast below and read the accompanying article at NPR.org.
Billboard magazine has tallied the Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop artists of the past 25 years, and Luther Vandross is at #7! The rankings were based on performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985 to Nov. 6, 2010. Billboard wrote:
The silky-voiced singer placed 36 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including 20 top 10s and six No. 1s, between 1985 and 2007. Sadly, his last two appearances followed his passing in 2005 at age 54. The key to Luther Vandross’ staying power was his ability to connect with younger audiences, courtesy of duets with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey in the ’90s and Beyonce in 2004. Before he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2003, he recorded “Dance With My Father,” which he co-wrote with pop singer/songwriter Richard Marx. The touching ballad won the 2004 song of the year Grammy Award and Vandross’ album of the same name became his first to top the Billboard 200.
You can read the complete list at Billboard.com.
The Legacy team has been doing their daily posts of songs from various artists. Today, Luther Vandross gets the nod for “Never Too Much” and added a little copy to accompany the track. Feel free to visit LegacyRecordings.com to listen to the track, but we are going to post the video here, on Luther’s site.
The voting continues at MSG.com to determine The Greatest Madison Square Garden Show with the 1990’s. Over the last two weeks, you’ve had your chance to cast your votes for the favorite shows of the 70’s and 80’s, well now we want to hear what you thought about shows that took place in the 1990’s
The R&B powerhouse, Luther Vandross, sang his heart-tugging hits for four nights at Madison Square Garden, October 2, 3, 5 and 6, 1991. Vandross played five more shows at MSG before his 2005 death. To vote for Luther Vandross, or any of the artists in this feature, go to MSG.com
The final poll, shows of the 2000’s open Monday, November 23