On this day in 2005, the world lost Luther Vandross at the age of 54. In remembrance, we’re looking back at Luther in 1981, when he made one of the greatest solo debuts in music history. Luther produced the album “Never Too Much,” which included his remarkable cover of “A House Is Not A Home,” along with other stellar songs like “Don’t You Know That.” You can watch Luther’s music video for “Never Too Much” below.
New York’s The Village Voice has rated some of the best cover versions in music history, and guess who came in at #1? Columnist Michael Musto rated Luther Vandross’ rendition of “A House Is Not A Home” as the best cover performance, noting “Luther remade this wrenching Bacharach/David ballad into a three-act opera filled with dramatics, scat eruptions, and one very dramatic pause.”
You can read more of the complete list at VillageVoice.com.
Rolling Stone recently asked its readers to vote for their favorite R&B/soul singer of all time. It’s no surprise that Luther Vandross hit the Top 10. You can read the magazine’s notes about Luther, and watch his performance of “Here And Now” in the video shown below.
In celebration of what would have been Luther Vandross’ 60th birthday, we invite you to listen to the Songza Luther Vandross Radio station! Be sure to leave a comment to let us know your favorite Luther Vandross songs as well as any other songs or artists that you think were inspired by him, and we will add them to the playlist.
Also, you can go to the Luther Vandross Official Facebook page to leave a birthday message and share your Luther Vandross memories.
In honor of Luther’s birthday, “Luther Vandross: The Collection” is being featured at a special price of $29.98 $15.59 USD this week only at Pop Market.
Before his passing in 2005, Luther created a lifetime of musical memories for a generation of listeners. Most of us heard him first singing backup on David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” but it was his string of smash hits for Epic in the ’80s (and his Grammy-winning comeback for J in 2004) that brought him enduring fame. Here’s one of our favorite photos of the great one.