Friday, April 22, 2011

Great Luther Vandross: 60th Birthday Celebrations For The Late

Luther Vandross 

LUTHER Vandross would have been 60 years old today, April 20.

The Dance With my Father hitmaker died in New Jersey on  July 1, 2005, after suffering a heart attack. He was 54.

Luther sold over 25 millions albums throughout his career and won eight Grammy Awards, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times.  He was also ranked #54 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Vandross was born April 20, 1951 in New York and grew up in the Bronx.  He started singing back-up for the likes of Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand and it wasn’t until 1980, when Vandross was 29 years old that he would take center stage while singing with the band, Change.

Vandross’ career was affected as early as 2003 when he suffered  stroke. He had just completed his album, Dance With My Father, which became his only album to make #1 and in 2004, he hit it big winning four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year for the same track Dance with My Father, co-written by Richard Marx.

On Wednesday, Jacob Lusk turned in an emotional performance for 21st Century Songs week on American Idol when he chose Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross.


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