Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

A velvet-voiced tenor and romantic music icon.

Founded

April 20, 1951 in New York, New York

Full Name

Date of Birth

April 20, 1951 in New York, New York

Still Alive

Date of Death

July 1, 2005 in Edison, New Jersey

Influenced By

Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross

Later Influenced

Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, Chico DeBarge, Toni Braxton, Usher, John Legend

Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross

About The artist

"Luther Vandross was one of the most successful R&B artists of the 1980s and '90s. Not only did he score a series of multi-million-selling albums containing chart-topping hit singles and perform sold-out tours of the U.S. and around the world, but he also took charge of his music creatively, writing or co-writing most of his songs and arranging and producing his records. Possessed of a smooth, versatile tenor voice, he charmed millions with his romantic music."

William Ruhlmann for Allumusic.com

Did you know...

Early in his career, Vandross was an in-demand backup singer, performing with artists such as Bette Midler, David Bowie, Ben E. King, Roberta Flack, and Chic.

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