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Luther Vandross (20 April 1951 – 1 July 2005) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Life and Career
He was born on 20 April 1951, in New York City, USA. Vandross grew up in a musical family and showed a talent for singing from a young age. He was influenced by soul, R&B, and gospel music, and began his music career in the 1970s as a backup singer and songwriter for various artists.
Vandross’ music career spans several decades and is marked by his smooth and soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and powerful performances. He released his debut solo album, “Never Too Much,” in 1981, which included the hit title track that became a chart-topping success. Vandross continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, becoming one of the most successful R&B artists of his time.
His music style blended soul, R&B, and pop, and he was known for his emotive and romantic ballads, which earned him a dedicated fan base. Vandross’ vocal range and versatility allowed him to excel in various music genres, and he collaborated with numerous artists in the music industry, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross.
Vandross received numerous awards throughout his career, including eight Grammy Awards and multiple American Music Awards. He sold over 35 million albums worldwide and achieved several chart-topping hits, including “Here and Now,” “Power of Love/Love Power,” and “Dance with My Father.”
He died on 1 July 2005 at age of 54 in New Jersey, U.S.
Award and Legacy
Luther Vandross’ legacy as a singer and songwriter is marked by his unparalleled vocal talent, soulful performances, and heartfelt lyrics. He is often referred to as one of the greatest R&B and soul artists of all time. Vandross’ music has had a significant impact on the music industry and has inspired generations of artists.
His romantic ballads and soulful voice have made him a favorite among music lovers, and his songs continue to be played on radio stations and streamed by millions of fans worldwide. Vandross’ contributions to R&B and soul music have been recognized and celebrated, and he is remembered as an iconic figure in the music industry.
In addition to his music career, Vandross was also known for his philanthropic work, supporting various charitable causes, including diabetes research and education, as he battled with diabetes throughout his life. Vandross’ legacy extends beyond his music, as he was known for his kindness, generosity, and dedication to helping others.
Despite his untimely death in 2005, Luther Vandross’ music continues to captivate audiences and his influence can still be felt in contemporary R&B and soul music. He remains a beloved figure in the music world, and his contributions to the music industry and his impact on popular culture continue to be celebrated and cherished by fans around the world.
On 20 April 2021, Google celebrated Luther Vandross’s 70th birthday with a doodle.