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Thread started 04/20/21 11:58am

JabarR74

Luther Vandross Birthday/Appreciation Thread

Today in 1951, Luther Ronzoni Vandross was born, let show him some love today

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Reply #1 posted 04/20/21 2:02pm

uPtoWnNY

The last great TRUE R&B artist.

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Reply #2 posted 04/20/21 8:48pm

RJOrion

Top 12 Luther Vandross joints

1. The Night I Fell In Love
2. So Amazing
3. See Me
4. A House Is Not A Home
5. Better Love
6. Dont You Know That
7. My Sensitivity
8. Superstar
9. Youre The Sweetest One
10.Forever, For Always, For Love
11.Because Its Really Love
12.Never Too Much


the one thing thats gets overlooked about the amazing career of Luther Vanross, is the amazing cowriter, arranger, musical director and piano/electric piano playing of the great and unsung Nat Adderly Jr. ...such simple and minimalist but incredibly melodic piano work that matched Luther Vandross' velvet smooth voice perfectly..
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Reply #3 posted 04/20/21 9:03pm

RJOrion

"...with youuuuu heyyy yeah hey hey yeahhhh...."

~ "The Night I Fell In Love"


when he does that it touches my soul...

so many beautiful memories attached to that song...i wonder what Sharon is up to now.
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Reply #4 posted 04/20/21 9:09pm

RJOrion

the background vocals on "See Me" and "Better Love" (especially in the hooks) sounds like angels.


the guitars and piano on "Better Love" is pure genius.
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Reply #5 posted 04/20/21 9:20pm

RJOrion

Mr. Vandross didnt have to scream and yell and grunt and groan and growl and grind and do all kinds of vocal acrobatics and histrionics...the man simply had the purest and silkiest vocal tone and rhythmically perfect singing delivery and phrasing, ever known to mankind... the greatest male vocalist of ALL time...he's the only male singer that ever made me cry...not from sadness...but just the joy i get from the sheer beauty of his voice and his rhythmic cadences...its like when Christians get "the holy spirit"...the only other singers that invoke that feeling in me, are Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton & Diana Ross.
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Reply #6 posted 04/20/21 9:26pm

RJOrion

along with the great Nat Adderly Jr., Marcus Miller (bass) and Steve Love (guitar) deserve alot of credit for the amazing instrumentation on those classic Luther Vandross albums
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Reply #7 posted 04/21/21 10:48am

onlyforaminute

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LUTHER! He doesn't get the attention he deserves.
Time keeps on slipping into the future...


This moment is all there is...
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Reply #8 posted 04/24/21 9:59pm

uPtoWnNY

RJOrion said:

"...with youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu heyyy yeah hey hey yeahhhh...." ~ "The Night I Fell In Love" when he does that it touches my soul... so many beautiful memories attached to that song...i wonder what Sharon is up to now.

"The Night I Fell in Love" was Luther's best and tightest LP.

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Reply #9 posted 04/25/21 2:13pm

RJOrion

uPtoWnNY said:

RJOrion said:

"...with youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu heyyy yeah hey hey yeahhhh...." ~ "The Night I Fell In Love" when he does that it touches my soul... so many beautiful memories attached to that song...i wonder what Sharon is up to now.

"The Night I Fell in Love" was Luther's best and tightest LP.

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Reply #10 posted 04/27/21 12:51pm

Germanegro

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Mr. Luther Vandross is of a solo category of soul and class nod dove
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Reply #11 posted 04/29/21 9:35am

JoeBala

Miss him so much. 🙏❤️🎶
Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #12 posted 04/29/21 11:34am

kitbradley

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Although I hated the direction Clive took him in when he signed with J Records, as far as I'm concerned, male R&B music died the day Luther passed away.

"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
"The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." - Socrates
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Reply #13 posted 05/01/21 10:38am

uPtoWnNY

kitbradley said:

Although I hated the direction Clive took him in when he signed with J Records, as far as I'm concerned, male R&B music died the day Luther passed away.

yeahthat

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Reply #14 posted 05/02/21 11:05pm

BalladofPeterP
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Luther Vandross... the name alone conjures up such incredible memories. For my ears he may just be the greatest singer ever. Absolutely love his music!

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Reply #15 posted 05/02/21 11:09pm

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RJOrion said:

Top 12 Luther Vandross joints 1. The Night I Fell In Love 2. So Amazing 3. See Me 4. A House Is Not A Home 5. Better Love 6. Dont You Know That 7. My Sensitivity 8. Superstar 9. Youre The Sweetest One 10.Forever, For Always, For Love 11.Because Its Really Love 12.Never Too Much the one thing thats gets overlooked about the amazing career of Luther Vanross, is the amazing cowriter, arranger, musical director and piano/electric piano playing of the great and unsung Nat Adderly Jr. ...such simple and minimalist but incredibly melodic piano work that matched Luther Vandross' velvet smooth voice perfectly..

THAT is a helluva good list but we have to put "Glow of Love" with Change on there somewhere! Am I right??! biggrin

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Reply #16 posted 05/03/21 4:44am

RJOrion

BalladofPeterParker said:



RJOrion said:


Top 12 Luther Vandross joints 1. The Night I Fell In Love 2. So Amazing 3. See Me 4. A House Is Not A Home 5. Better Love 6. Dont You Know That 7. My Sensitivity 8. Superstar 9. Youre The Sweetest One 10.Forever, For Always, For Love 11.Because Its Really Love 12.Never Too Much the one thing thats gets overlooked about the amazing career of Luther Vanross, is the amazing cowriter, arranger, musical director and piano/electric piano playing of the great and unsung Nat Adderly Jr. ...such simple and minimalist but incredibly melodic piano work that matched Luther Vandross' velvet smooth voice perfectly..

THAT is a helluva good list but we have to put "Glow of Love" with Change on there somewhere! Am I right??! biggrin




yes 'Glow Of Love' IS a great great song...but since its credited to Change, i didnt include it...but thats the song that made me a Luther Vandross fan initially
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Reply #17 posted 05/03/21 9:46am

uPtoWnNY

RJOrion said:

BalladofPeterParker said:

THAT is a helluva good list but we have to put "Glow of Love" with Change on there somewhere! Am I right??! biggrin

yes 'Glow Of Love' IS a great great song...but since its credited to Change, i didnt include it...but thats the song that made me a Luther Vandross fan initially

....along with "Searching"

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Reply #18 posted 05/04/21 11:19pm

paligap

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Mr. V!!! These were my favorites:

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Anyone Who Had A Heart

Forever , For Always, For Love

My Sensitivity

So Amazing

Because it's Really Love

Wait for Love

Make Me A Believer

Promise Me

The Other Side of The World

There's Nothing Better Than Love

I Can Make it Better

If This World Were Mine (w/Cheryl Lynn)

Don't You Know That

A House Is Not A Home

Searching (w/Change)

...

There's was also another song Luther wrote, but curiously never recorded himself--"What Can A Miracle Do?"--It was recorded by The Brecker Brothers in 1976 , and then by the Main Ingredient in 1980, and Luther gave the song to Dionne Warwick when he produced her album "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye", in 1983. I love the feel of that song, and always wondered why others kept covering the tune , but he never did his own version (that I know of, anyway)...

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #19 posted 05/05/21 11:18pm

SoulAlive

My Top 10 favorite Luther Vandross songs…

1)”Make Me A Believer”
2)“Never Too Much”
3)“You Stopped Loving Me”
4)“So Amazing”
5)“Love Me Again”
6)“If Only For One Night/Creepin”
7)”Superstar”——Luther was a master at remaking a song and making it his own.His remake of this particular song is amazing!
8)”Any Love”
9)”Don’t You Know That”
10)”Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl)”
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Reply #20 posted 05/05/21 11:21pm

SoulAlive

uPtoWnNY said:

The last great TRUE R&B artist.




indeed.
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Reply #21 posted 05/06/21 7:02pm

SoulAlive

uPtoWnNY said:

"The Night I Fell in Love" was Luther's best and tightest LP.


I always have a tough time picking my favorite Luther album biggrin all of his 80s albums are superb.I guess ‘Never Too Much’ is my favorite.Four tunes from that album are in my Top 10.
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Reply #22 posted 05/06/21 10:11pm

SoulAlive

kitbradley said:

I hated the direction Clive took him in when he signed with J Records


Yeah,Clive always tries to turn ‘real’ R&B artists into pop artists lol he has them doing watered-down material.That being said,I do like the song “I’d Rather”.
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