My Kind Of Music V...Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

Here, again, is one of my all time favorite entertainers. When I decided to do this piece on Luther Vandross, it was hard to choose which songs to include, so I chose a few of my favorites, I hope you'll enjoy them.

A little about the man himself. He was born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in 1951, in Manhattan, New York, USA. Because, there's so much information on Vandross, I'll only give a few facts and the rest can be seen either on Wikipedia, under Luther Vandross, or his website.

During Luther's illustrious career he sold over 25 million albums, and won eight Grammy Awards, winning four of those in one year, (2004). He won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. Before he came into his own, Luther sang back up for performers such as Diana Ross, Robert Flack, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, just to name a few. Clearly he didn't belong in back of anyone, he rightfully belonged front and center, which is where he stood until his untimely death.

Luther suffered from diabetes, and hypertension, which ran in his family, in fact his father died from complication associated with diabetes when Luther was only eight. In 2003 he suffered a stroke. He died July 1, 2005 of an apparent heart attack, at the age of 54.

Ironically, "Dance With My Father," became the first and only Luther Vandross record to hit #1.

Please take a listen to a few of my favorite Luther Vandross songs, and enjoy.

Luther Vandross Dance With My Father

Dance With My Father

At the time of his stroke, Luther had just finished the final vocals for the album. He collaborated on this album with his long time friend Richard Marx.

Luther Vandross

Any Love

Luther, and the song  Any Love was nominated for Grammys in 1989 for Best R&B Performance Male and Best R&B Song.

So Amazing

On September 20, 2005, the album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross was released.

I Know

In 1999 Luther garnered Grammy nominations as Best R&B Vocal Performance-Male, and Best Traditional Vocal Performance, for I Know.

Isn't There Someone

Isn't There Someone

I found no significant information on this song, it just happen to be one that I'm particularly fond of.

Don't Want To Be A Fool

Another of my favorites, with nothing of great significantly noteworthy about it.

Religion

Religion

I don't like the the photo that was used for the song, Religion. But I love the song and I couldn't find another version without this photo.

Are You Mad At Me

This song, along with two others that I listed here, came from the same album, one that I listen to regularly. So, that's why they are listed here. A lot of Luther's songs are well known by his fans, and other listeners. However, these three are not as well known. The three are: Are You Mad At Me, Religion, and Isn't There Someone, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Power Of Love

In 1992 Luther was nominated and won a Grammy as Best R&B Performance Vocal-Male, and the song Power Of Love won for Best R&B Song.

Conclusion

I hope you've enjoyed this article and the music contained therein.

Even thought Luther Vandross is no longer with us, his music will remain for some time to come, because he made the kind of music that transcends time.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Nice job Freta, Luther was one of those guys. I can't remember hearing one of his songs that didn't make me have those feelings (you know what I mean). What a voice! Luther just happens to me my son's middle name too! Peace!! Tom


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you freta, I love Luther Vandross music too. great hub, thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Do not laugh at me, but I never had heard of Vandross before I read your hub. His music sounds nice.


Wooded 5 years ago

I adore Luther Vandross! Thanks for sharing this great hub and putting all of this music together!


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melpor 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Luther was alway one of my favorite male vocalist. My favorite song of his was "Superstar". Good hub.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

It was a sad day when Luther died. I loved his voice and he sang such beautiful songs. Excellent hub.


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DTR0005 5 years ago from Midwest

You got me up and getting my groove on...


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Bail Up ! 5 years ago

Oh yeah Freta, now we are talking. What an amazing voice the man had. Good thing his music will live on forever.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Well it looks like I hit a home run with this one. Thank you Tom, Creativeone, SweetiePie, Wooded, Melpor, Pamela, DTR0005 and Bail Up, you've all made my day.

And, oh, SweetiePie, we're not laughing, we're only sorry you didn't get to hear Luther while he was alive. But take heart you can still enjoy his music for many years to come.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Freta great hub! Love all of His music! Thanks so much for writing this. I think my favorite from what you have here would be Dance With My Father. That song really touches me and brings back wonderful memories of my Dad.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A great tribute to a great artist.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Susan, I really like that one too. Although it's so hard to choose which is my all time favorite.

Thanks Hello, hello.

Thank you both for stopping and taking the time to listen. Please come back soon.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful music. I put some with my video favorites. Thank you fastfreta.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Micky Dee, I agree it is beautiful. See you again soon.


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Veronica Allen 5 years ago from Georgia

Luther Vandross was a very talented man. I know his loved ones really miss him. I too find it hard to choose a favorite. Everything he did was amazing.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Yes he was very talented Veronica, and his talent will be missed, but his music will live on. Thanks Veronica, for taking a listen, see you later.


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Dance With My Father was...well So Amazing! It's rare a singer can put you so into his song. So Amazing.

Great tribute! Thanks fastfreta and rated up of course.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you TheListLady, you're so right about Mr. Vandross, an amazing singer. Thanks for stopping, please come back.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Luther Vandross is my favorite singer. He is very talented and his song is good to hear. I love all the video. And Power of love is the best. Thanks for writing this. You remind me about his song. I love this hub very much. Vote up.

Blessing and hugs,


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks prasetio30 for stopping, and leaving a supportive comment.


dj 5 years ago

Luther is just one of those people that makes one think of love. If I were to marry again, I would want to her him sing, Here and Now. Wonderful music. Thanks


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Well, dj, I guess! LOL!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Dearest FastFreta ~ Thank you for putting together this collection. I learned about his musical genius on "The Simpsons" of all places and, of course, "Oprah." He has truly touched many hearts. ?.•**·.¸ ?*?? Highlighting the health aspect. We do have epidemic of diabetes and HBP in this era. I pray we can heal these diseases with the spreading of knowledge and application of better lifestyle and nutrition. Let's bring everyone together in one big family. Love, Debby


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Debby you are sweet. Thank you so much for bringing that out about diabetes, and you're right, as you indicated we need to shine the spotlight more brightly on it. Thanks again, and see you later.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Let's keep connected. I'm enjoying your Hubs. I just posted a new one, too.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Debby for stopping and perusing this one. I did go over and read your latest, and what I understood I totally agreed with. See you later


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Hey Freta, what a well documented hub. He produced some of the greatest music still today. I love your sense foe good music. You have a talent there. Hope all is well with you. Best wishes to you and the family. Take care


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Ashlie you're too kind. Thank you for your wonderful compliment.


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Joy56 5 years ago

He is my all time favourite, thanks for these vids, i am so enjoying them, how many did you have at your memorial?????????????


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey there Brenda, The counts not in yet, or rather we weren't told. Thanks for stopping, we'll be talking soon.


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tamlynken 5 years ago from Georgia

FastFreda you have such great taste. You have inspired me to write about that that I love-the Arts. Music being at the core. This Hub is great. We can teach and learn from many different cultures. You are a true inspiration. Luther had one of the greatest voices of our time. My favorite you did not list was " A House Is Not A Home" a classic. Thanks again!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Tamlynken, I'm so enjoying your visits. Just reading your comments, makes me know I'll enjoy your hubs, I'm going to follow you so I can be one of the first to read them. Thank you again, I'll see you later.


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

I tell you, I love me some Luther!!!!!!! He knew what to say & how to say it when it came to love. He's truly missed. Seeing this hub makes me want to go & pull out all of Luther's music and get my groove on. Great hub. Keep up the good work.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

I know exactly what you mean Nina, I downloaded a number of his songs to my tablet, Ipod, and computer. So I get Luther going and coming, as a matter of fact I'm listening to "Any Love," right now. Thanks so much for stopping, I'll be seeing you soon, on your hubs I mean. LOL!


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

Most definitely I am missing Luther Vandross. When it comes to Nat King Cole, there is no comparison to his "velvet voice". But were I to apply adjectives to the voice of Mr. Vandross, they would be smooth, silky, and velvety.


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fastfreta 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks again cmoneyspinner1tf for reading. I agree about Nat, maybe one day I'll write an article about him.

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