Luther Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He died in 2005 but he will always be remembered for his smooth velvety voice and tremendous talent.
The following is a list of my top ten favorite songs by Luther Vandross and you can find every one of them on Amazon. The list also includes the name of the CD, a brief statement about each song, and my favorite lyrics to each song. Immediately following this list is a brief synopsis of Luther Vandross' career.
My Top Ten Favorite Songs by Luther Vandross
Love Won’t Let Me Wait – Always & Forever The Classics: A slow, sultry song that oozes intimacy!
"I need your love so desperately and only you can set me free, when I make love to you we’ll explode in ecstasy…”
Because It’s Really Love – Give Me the Reason: Sung by the ultimate crooner, this ballad is the definition of romance!
“And now we know our love is ever so true; I think we know it cause you feel the way I do. I can’t imagine me without you my dear and I’m so glad about the reason that you are here…”
A House Is Not A Home – Always & Forever The Classics: Engrossing and poetic, this song is filled with emotion. An eloquent balled sung by one of the best romantic vocalist ever!
“Darling have a hart; don’t let one mistake keep us apart. I’m not meant to live alone, turn this house into a home…”
Stop to Love – Give Me The Reason: A catchy tune that will have you singing the words long after the song is over.
“You say my love has always been on your mind, but how can I ever love you, when you keep working overtime? Too many empty nights, can make almost any guy roam to look for the love he don't get whenever he's at home alone. Awaiting the day that you're coming to stay, I hate to see you go away; but you couldn't rest, had to do your best to reach the top. But you did not stop to love… stop to love…”
So Amazing – Give Me The Reason: Poetry in a song.
“Got to tell you how you thrill me; I'm happy as I can be. You have come and changed my whole world …It's so amazing to be loved, I'll follow you to the moon in the sky above…”
Give Me The Reason- Give Me The Reason: The title song on Vandross’ fifth album, released in September of 1986, the song was also featured in the 1986 movie Ruthless People.
“What's there to say, there's not much to talk about, and whatever happened to all of the love that we vowed. Yes, it's true, and there's nothing new you can say…Give me the reason to want you back, why should I love you again…”
Since I lost my Baby – Always & Forever: The Classics: A soulful ballad expressing deep regret and emotions about a lost love.
“Next time I'll be kinder, to my lady. Won't you please help me find her; I've got to find that girl. Someone just remind her of this love she left behind her…Since I lost my baby…”
If This World were Mine - Always & Forever The Classics: A duet with singer Cheryl Lynn, this song is about two people so in love that if they could, they would give each other the world. A slow romantic love song.
“…I'd give the flowers the birds and the bees, and it'd be your love beside me. That would be all I need, if this world were mine, I'd give anything… I'd give your each day so sunny and blue, and if you wanted the moonlight I'd give you that too. If this world were mine, oh, baby I'd give you anything…”
Always and Forever - Always & Forever The Classics: A love song from the master of love songs! Vandross sings the popular Always and Forever, and puts his own special crooner spin on it.
“Always and forever, each moment with you is just like a dream to me that somehow came true, yeah. And I know tomorrow will still be the same, cuz we got a life of love that won't ever change…”
Going in Circles - Always & Forever The Classics: Sung softly, this song is slow and romantic; a great combination for a love song.
"Oh, but what am I to do. My mind is in a whirlpool. Give me a little hope, one small thing to cling to…You got me going in circles.."
Synopsis on the career of Luther Vandross
His debut album "Never Too Much" was released in 1981 and included the song “A House is Not a Home,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The title song “Never Too Much,” written by Vandross, was number-one on the R&B charts. Vandross released a series of successful albums during the 1980s and had two more singles reach the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts: “Stop to Love” in 1986 and “There's Nothing Better Than Love,” a duet with Gregory Hines. His 1989 album “The Best of Luther Vandross” included the song “Here and Now.”
Vandross produced Aretha Franklin's award-winning comeback album “Jump to It.” In 1989 he released the album “The Best of Luther Vandross” which was a compilation of love songs, including “Here and Now.” Additional albums followed in the 90s, beginning with 1991's “Power of Love.”
Vandross won his first Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1991 and then a second one for Best Male R&B Vocal in 1992. His song “Power of Love” won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1992.
Vandross appeared in the movie “The Meteor Man” in 1993, where he played a hit man. In 1994 he sang a duet with songstress Maria Carey, a remake of the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross duet “Endless Love.” He won his third Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Male R&B vocal for the song “Your Secret Love.”
Vandrose released his second greatest hits album in 1997, made up mostly of his hits from the 1990s. He also sang the American national anthem during Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
Vandross released the album “Dance With My Father” in 2003 and sadly, on April 16, 2003 he suffered a stroke. At the time of his stroke he'd just completed the final vocals for hia album "Dance With My Father," which won the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and sold nearly 3 million copies in the United States. Vandross died on July 1, 2005, the apparent cause of his death a heart attack, he was 54.
A CD was released in 2005 by a group of Vandross’ friends who sang his songs and his prasis. The CD,“So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross” had contributors such as Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and many more.
For me, Luther Vandross was by far the best romantic vocalist. No artist has been able to match his talent for singing that slow sultry song, the ballad. But don't take my word for it, choose any Luther Vandross tune and listen for yourself!
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