Luther Vandross: April 20, 1951 - July 1, 2005
Possessed of a smooth, versatile tenor voice, Luther Vandross charmed millions with his romantic music. He started out as a background vocalist for artists such as Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, David Bowie and Donna Summer; then became lead singer of the group Change, until he left the group as a solo artist with his first album, Never Too Much. It's all history from there!
Since the 1981 platinum-selling release of "Never Too Much", Luther's recording career spanned over two decades and resulted in a lifetime of chart-topping hits. Through the 1980s, he recorded a string of platinum albums. He scored his first Grammy Award in 1989 with "Here And Now." 2003'sDance With My Father received four Grammy Awards and generated worldwide sales exceeding 3 million copies. Collectively, Luther's body of work has sold in excess of 30 millions records worldwide, winning eight Grammy Awards, numerous Soul Train, BET, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards.
He passed away July 1, 2005.