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A House is not a Home (Live)A House is not a Home (Live)
If Only For One Night (Live)If Only For One Night (Live)
Here and Now (Live)Here and Now (Live)
Dance with my FatherDance with my Father

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In R&B music, Luther Vandross ranked with Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson as one of the most successful singer/songwriters and producers of the '80s. Amazingly, unlike those peers, for the most part he did not cross over to widespread pop appeal, a situation that finally began to change at the end of the '80s. Vandross had an elastic tenor that made him a natural for backup singing and commercial work in the early '70s, when he became a top session vocalist. In the second half of the '70s, he recorded under a variety of guises, cutting two albums for Cotillion under the name "Luther," recording with the session groups Roundtree and Change, and singing on hits by Chic.

In 1981, Vandross signed with Epic and released his debut album, Never Too Much, which topped the R&B charts and sold two million copies. The title track was also an R&B number one hit single and reached the pop Top 40. Vandross went on to produce albums for Aretha Franklin and other female singers, while maintaining his own career through the '80s. His albums Forever, for Always, for Love (1982), Busy Body (1983), The Night I Fell in Love (1985), Give Me the Reason (1986), and Any Love (1988) were all million-sellers that spawned major R&B hits, but Vandross' pop success was spotty until 1989, when Epic released The Best of Luther Vandross...The Best of Love, a greatest-hits album containing the new track "Here and Now," which became Vandross' first Top Ten pop hit. That proved his breakthrough, and Vandross' next album, Power of Love (1991), another million-seller, featured two pop hits, "Power of Love/Love Power" and "Don't Want to Be a Fool."

Vandross returned to the pop Top Ten in 1992 with "The Best Things in Life Are Free" from the movie Mo' Money, a duet with Janet Jackson. His next album, Never Let Me Go (1993), marked a slight falloff in sales, but Songs (1994), an all-covers album, restored his commercial standing, featuring a gold-selling pop Top Ten remake of "Endless Love," a duet with Mariah Carey. This Is Christmas (1996) and Your Secret Love (1997) were million-sellers. One Night With You: The Best of Love, Vol. 2 (1997) compiled Vandross' hits from 1991 to 1996. He returned in 1998 with I Know. Smooth Love followed two years later and a self-titled release on J Records appeared in spring 2001.

In late 2002, Vandross phoned J Records president and CEO Clive Davis. The singer was excited that he had written his "career song" and wanted everyone around him to know it. The song was "Dance With My Father", a bittersweet tribute to Vandross' late father that would become the centerpiece of the singer's next, most personal album. Vandross' excitement about the project was obvious in early 2003 interviews, but on April 16 the singer suffered a life-threatening stroke, leaving him in a coma for the next two months. The Dance With My Father album debuted at number one when it hit the shelves in June that year. The smash hit, title cut went on to win the Grammy for "Song of the Year", an award Vandross accepted via videotape. During his acceptance, Vandross promised his fans that he would be back by quoting one of his own hits, "Power of Love/Love Power". His positive attitude made it all the more devastating when it was announced on July 1st, 2005 that Vandross had lost his fight for life at the age of 54.

All Music Guide, William Ruhlmann


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Dance With My FatherDance With My Father2003
Greatest HitsLuther Vandross2001
Greatest HitsGreatest Hits1999
Always & ForeverAlways & Forever-Classics1998
I KnowI Know1998
Vol. 2-One Night With You: Best of Luther VandrossVol. 2-One Night With You: Best of Love1997
Your Secret LoveYour Secret Love1996
This Is ChristmasThis Is Christmas1995
Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go1993
Power Of LovePower Of Love1991
Any LoveAny Love1988
Give Me The ReasonGive Me The Reason1986
The Night I Fell In LoveThe Night I Fell In Love1985
Busy Body Busy Body1983
Forever, For Always, For LoveForever, For Always, For Love1982
Never Too MuchNever Too Much1981
This Close to YouThis Close to You1977


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Dance With My Father 2003

01. If I Didn't Know Better
02. Think About You
03. If It Ain't One Thing
04. Buy Me a Rose
05. The Closer I Get to You
06. Lovely Day
07. Dance With My Father
08. She Saw You
09. Apologize
10. Hit It Again
11. Right in the Middle
12. Once Were Lovers
13. Lovely Day, Pt. 2
14. They Said You Needed Me

Luther Vandross 2001

01. Take You Out
02. Grown Things
03. Bring Your Heart to Mine
04. Can Heaven Wait
05. Say It Now
06. Hearts Get Broken All the Time
07. I'd Rather
08. How Do I Tell Her
09. Any Day Now
10. If I Was the One
11. Let's Make Tonight the Night
12. Like I'm Invisible
13. Are You There (With Another Guy)
14. Love Forgot

Greatest Hits 1999

01. Never Too Much
02. Don't Want To Be A Fool
03. Here And Now
04. Love The One You're With
05. Any Love
06. Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me
07. A House Is Not A Home
08. Give Me The Reason
09. There's Nothing Better Than Love
10. Creepin'
11. So Amazing
12. Stop To Love
13. Power Of Love/Love Power
14. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye

Always & Forever 1998

01. A House Is Not A Home
02. Since I Lost My Baby
03. Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me
04. Creepin'
05. Anyone Who Had A Heart
06. I (Who Have Nothing)
07. If This World Were Mine
08. Going Out Of My Head
09. Going In Circles
10. Knocks Me Off My Feet
11. Love Won't Let Me Wait
12. Always And Forever

I Know 1998

01. Keeping My Faith In You
02. Isn't There Someone
03. Religion
04. Get It Right
05. I Know
06. I'm Only Human
07. Nights In Harlem
08. Dream Lover
09. When I Need You
10. Are You Using Me?
11. Are You Mad At Me?
12. Now That I Have You
13. Nights In Harlem

Vol. 2-One Night With You: Best of Love 1997

01. One Night With You (Everyday Of Your Life)
02. When You Call On Me/Baby That's When I Come Runnin'
03. It's All About You
04. I Won't Let You Do That To Me
05. Power Of Love/Love Power
06. Don't Want To Be A Fool
07. The Best Things In Life Are Free (Classic Club Edit)
08. Little Miracles (Happen Every Day)
09. Endless Love
10. Always And Forever
11. Love The One You're With
12. Your Secret Love
13. I Can Make It Better
14. Love Don't Love You Anymore (TM's Urban Mix)
15. My Favorite Things

Your Secret Love 1996

01. Your Secret Love
02. Love Don't Love You Anymore
03. It's Hard For Me To Say
04. Crazy Love
05. I Can Make It Better
06. Too Proud To Beg
07. I Can Wait No Longer (Let's Do This)
08. Nobody To Love
09. Whether Or Not The World Gets Better
10. This Time I'm Right
11. Knocks Me Off My Feet
12. Goin' Out Of My Head

This Is Christmas 1995

01. With A Christmas Heart
02. This Is Christmas
03. The Mistletoe Jam
04. Every Year, Every Christmas
05. My Favorite Things
06. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
07. I Listen To The Bells
08. Please Come Home For Christmas
09. A Kiss For Christmas
10. O' Come All Ye Faithful

Songs 1994

01. Love The One You're With
02. Killing Me Softly With His Song
03. Endless Love
04. Evergreen (Love Theme From 'a Star Is Born')
05. Reflections
06. Hello
07. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
08. Always and Forever
09. Going In Circles
10. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
11. All The Woman I Need
12. What The World Needs Now Is Love
13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

Never Let Me Go 1993

01. Little Miracles (Happen Every Day)
02. Heaven Knows
03. Love Me Again
04. Can't Be Doin' That Now
05. Too Far Down
06. Love Is On The Way (Real Love)
07. Hustle
08. Emotion Eyes
09. Lady, Lady
10. How Deep Is Your Love, Love Don't Love Nobody

Power Of Love 1991

01. She Doesn't Mind
02. Power of Love / Love Power
03. I'm Gonna Start Today
04. The Rush
05. I Want The Night To Stay
06. Don't Want to Be a Fool
07. I Can Tell You That
08. Sometimes It's Only Love
09. Emotional Love
10. I (Who Have Nothing) - duet with Martha Wash

Any Love 1988

01. I Wonder (Album Version)
02. She Won't Talk To Me (Album Version)
03. I Know You Want To (Album Version)
04. Come Back (Album Version)
05. Any Love
06. Love Won't Let Me Wait
07. Are You Gonna Love Me
08. For You to Love
09. The Second Time Around (Album Version)

Give Me The Reason 1986

01. Stop to Love
02. See Me
03. I Gave It Up (When I Fell in Love)
04. So Amazing
05. Give Me the Reason
06. There's Nothing Better Than Love
07. I Really Didn't Mean It
08. Because It's Really Love
09. Anyone Who Had a Heart

The Night I Fell In Love 1985

01 'Til My Baby Comes Home
02 The Night I Fell in Love
03 If Only for One Night
04 Creepin'
05 It's over Now
06 Wait for Love
07 My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)
08 Other Side of the World

Busy Body 1983

01. I Wanted Your Love
02. Busy Body
03. I'll Let You Slide
04. Make Me a Believer
05. For the Sweetness of Your Love
06. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye w/Dionne Warwick
07. Superstar / Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

Forever, For Always, For Love 1982

01. Bad Boy / Having a Party
02. You're the Sweetest One
03. Since I Lost My Baby
04. Forever, for Always, for Love
05. Better Love
06. Promise Me
07. She Loves Me Back
08. Once You Know How

Never Too Much 1981

01. Never Too Much
02. Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)
03. Don't You Know That?
04. I've Been Working
05. She's a Super Lady
06. You Stopped Loving Me
07. A House Is Not a Home

This Close to You 1977

01. This Is for Real
02. A Lover's Change
03. Don't Take the Time
04. Jealousy in Me
05. I'm Not Satisfied
06. This Close to You
07. Don't Want to Be a Fool
08. Come Back to My Love
09. Follow My Love

Luther 1976

01. Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)
02. 2nd Time Around
03. I'll Get Along Fine
04. Everybody Rejoice
05. Emotion Eyes
06. This Strange Feeling
07. It's Good for the Soul, Pt. 1-2

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