Today would have been Luther Vandross’ 61st birthday. In his honor, here is a special message from Luther’s best friend and music collaborator, Fonzi Thornton. Please share your birthday messages below and on Luther’s Facebook page!
Sirius XM Radio will launch “Luther Radio” on Friday April 20th, in time for what would have been Luther’s 61st birthday. The broadcast will air on Sirius XM channel 48 starting at 12 p.m. EDT through Monday, April 23rd. The channel will feature music from Luther Vandross’ 13 Gold and Platinum albums as well as rarities, archival concerts, and an archival interview with Luther from April 2003 with SiriusXM’s B.J. Stone.
The archived live performances will include Luther performing at Radio City Music Hall in 2003 and a performance for BBC Radio from 1988, which will be broadcast as part of SiriusXM’s “Live from the BBC Vault” concert series. Additionally, “Luther Radio” will include special guest DJ sessions by Luther’s backup singers Fonzi Thornton and Lisa Fischer.
Read more at SiriusXM.com.
There’s a moment toward the end of the dance track “You Really Started Something” where R&B legend Luther Vandross performs his trademark vocal runs. As he begins, he demonstrate the full range of his voice, transitioning from a low rumble to a transcendent high note. In between he softly laughs, clearly enjoying showing off his talent. Indeed, Vandross established himself as a consummate singer and interpreter during his all-too-short life, and his sheer joy of music and vocalization always shined through in his recordings. Some of these lesser-known tracks, culled from movie soundtracks and studio albums, have been compiled into a new collection, Hidden Gems. By the time the album ends with the aforementioned song, the listener understands why Vandross was such a unique talent and to this day is imitated, but never equaled.
Read more at Blinded By Sound.