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.
Newark’s The Star-Ledger newspaper has chosen Luther Vandross’ rendition of “A House Is Not A Home” as its Song of the Day. The newspaper specifically cites Luther’s performance of the song at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988:
“A House Is Not a Home” was, of course, one of the standards of Luther Vandross’ repertoire, and in this performance, at the 1988 NAACP Image Awards,he really nails it, casually building a warm connection with the audience and somehow dazzling with his technique without ever seeming to show off. This should be required viewing for all “American Idol” contestants.
You can read more at The Star-Ledger website.
CBS is reinstating Luther Vandross as the voice of “One Shining Moment” as the network’s NCAA Tournament tradition celebrates its 25th anniversary next Monday night. Harold Bryant, CBS Sports’ vice president for production, said network executives elected to go back to Luther’s version, which was used for seven years before CBS rolled out a new version by Jennifer Hudson in 2010. “Both versions are great,” he said. “She (Hudson) did a great job. We just felt like we wanted to go back to Luther.” You can read more at The Houston Chronicle website.