Here is the 2015 edition of “One Shining Moment,” using the classic version of the song recorded by Luther Vandross, for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.
“We are all very pleased that this piece of totally unheard Luther lives again.” – Fonzi Thornton, Luther’s best friend, talking about the previously unreleased track “Love, Love It” on the new UK album, Luther Vandross – The Greatest Hits.
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.”