Happy Birthday to the late, great Luther Vandross

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    One of the all-time great soul music vocalists was born April 20, 1951. Luther Vandross became the voice of a generation of adult soul music artists, scoring dozens of hits and providing breathtaking interpretations of the past hits of others. First achieving fame as a studio backup singer and a part of the group Change, Vandross became a solo star with his now historic solo debut album, which featured the smash "Never Too Much," and a breathtaking 7 minute cover version of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not A Home" that announced to the world that a new star had arrived.

    Vandross became a consistent hitmaker for more than two decades, until his tragic death in 2005. He also helped the careers of other vocalists, producing such stars as Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

    One of the all-time great soul music vocalists was born April 20, 1951. Luther Vandross became the voice of a generation of adult soul music artists, scoring dozens of hits and providing breathtaking interpretations of the past hits of others. First achieving fame as a studio backup singer and a part of the group Change, Vandross became a solo star with his now historic solo debut album, which featured the smash "Never Too Much," and a breathtaking 7 minute cover version of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not A Home" that announced to the world that a new star had arrived.

    Vandross became a consistent hitmaker for more than two decades, until his tragic death in 2005. He also helped the careers of other vocalists, producing such stars as Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

    When looking back at the emergence of adult soul music in the 1980s, there is simply no star who played a bigger role. We miss him to this day. Happy heavenly birthday, Mr. Vandross.

     

     

     
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