Alfa Anderson On Luther Vandross

Alfa Anderson

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.

Luther Vandross Featured On David Bowie Live Album ‘Cracked Actor’

David Bowie - CRACKED ACTOR (Live In Los Angeles 1974)

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


Side 1:
Rebel Rebel
Moonage Daydream
Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing

Side 2:
Suffragette City
Aladdin Sane
All The Young Dudes
Cracked Actor

Side 3:
Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
Knock On Wood
It’s Gonna Be Me
Space Oddity

Side 4:
Diamond Dogs
Big Brother

Side 5:
The Jean Genie
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)

Side 6:
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.

Luther Vandross ‘One Shining Moment’ In March Madness 2017

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.