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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 13, 1991
Luther Vandross loves recording. Other singers may chafe at the painstaking labor involved -- the endless retakes, the constant fine-tuning, the intense attention paid to tiny details -- but not him. For Vandross, the studio is the place where dreams really do come true."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | December 25, 2008
Eric Benet has no problem with being pegged as an R&B smoothie, the guy whose songs are all about romance. "I think that distinction can be broad," says the singer-songwriter, who headlines Washington's DAR Constitution Hall with Robin Thicke on Saturday night. "It gives you a big arena to mess around with. When I think of the great romantic singers - Luther Vandross, the Marvins, the Smokey Robinsons - romantic is a pretty small container to put them in when you think about all that they've done."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | June 26, 2003
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., 1985. I was 8 years old with pouty lips and nappy, rust-colored hair -- kinda shy, standoffish, and my family and folks from "around the way" called me "Dusty." We lived in the projects that year. In the summer -- under a honey sun without a care in the world -- I would hear the mellifluous sounds of Luther Vandross' The Night I Fell in Love. Miss Betty Wells -- who lived next door, smoked Newports and didn't have a job but maintained a sharp apartment -- used to blast Luther's album all day and night.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | August 31, 2006
The pain is still fresh, but Mary Ida Vandross has to find a way to face the music. A year after burying the last of her four children, the great song stylist Luther Vandross, the Philadelphia resident can hardly bear to hear recordings of her son's famed champagne tenor. "I'm getting a little adjusted to listening," she says. "Before, I just couldn't do it. It's one day at a time." She's promoting The Ultimate Luther Vandross, a posthumous best-of collection with two previously unreleased songs.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 1, 1993
These days, when young soul singers set out to work the groove, they seem to take the term literally. They grunt, they holler, they shout, they wail. And when they really want to show their stuff, they dress up the melody with all sorts of acrobatic ululation, as if under the impression that singing was some form of athletic competition.But when Luther Vandross works a groove, he barely breaks a sweat. His singing is so smooth and assured that it appears almost effortless -- as if he could toss off an entire album more easily than most of us could hum a melody.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | August 31, 2006
The pain is still fresh, but Mary Ida Vandross has to find a way to face the music. A year after burying the last of her four children, the great song stylist Luther Vandross, the Philadelphia resident can hardly bear to hear recordings of her son's famed champagne tenor. "I'm getting a little adjusted to listening," she says. "Before, I just couldn't do it. It's one day at a time." She's promoting The Ultimate Luther Vandross, a posthumous best-of collection with two previously unreleased songs.
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By Knight Ridder / Tribune | September 25, 2003
Top 40 singles 1. Black Eyed Peas, "Where Is The Love?" 2. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 3. Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim, "Can't Hold Us Down" 4. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love" 5. Justin Timberlake, "Senorita" Urban singles 1. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 2. Youngbloodz featuring Lil' Jon, "Damn!" 3. Pharrell featuring Jay-Z, "Frontin'" 4. Beyonce featuring Sean Paul, "Baby Boy" 5. Fabolous featuring Tamia, "Into You" Light Rock singles 1. Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray, "Drift Away" 2. Celine Dion, "Have You Ever Been In Love" 3. Matchbox Twenty, "Unwell" 4. Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father" 5. Shania Twain, "Forever And For Always" Alternative singles 1. Staind, "So Far Away" 2. Linkin Park, "Faint" 3. A Perfect Circle, "Weak And Powerless" 4. Audioslave, "Show Me How To Live" 5. Nickelback, "Someday"
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February 9, 2004
Record of the Year: "Clocks," Coldplay Album of the Year: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast Song of the Year: "Dance With My Father," Richard Marx and Luther Vandross New Artist: Evanescence Pop Performance by Duo or Group: "Underneath It All," No Doubt Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Cry Me a River," Justin Timberlake Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Beautiful," Christina Aguilera Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Whenever I Say Your Name," Sting and...
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By J. Doug Gill and J. Doug Gill,Contributing Writer | November 19, 1993
Anyone who has worshiped at the alter of sweat-drenched '60s rhythm and blues probably finds it difficult to warm to the modern-day variety.For the most part, rhythm and blues singers in the '90s are sappy and self-indulgent, content to purr and coo amid mountains of modern technology.And then there's Luther Vandross.A vocalist's vocalist, smooth and sophisticated, Vandross demonstrated an ability Wednesday at the Baltimore Arena to seduce 13,000 people with a phrase as simple as "The Night I Fell in Love."
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff | September 18, 1991
Before launching into his cover of "If Only For One Night," Luther Vandross asked a rapt Capital Centre audience last night, "Do you like love songs?"Of course they did, and when he told them that they had come to the right place for them, he won the truth-in-advertising award.Just as you go to Cal Ripken for base hits, you go to Luther Vandross for music to set a romantic mood.That's what Vandross does and that's all that he does and it is both his blessing and his curse, as evidenced in last night's largely uneven 105-minute performance.
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February 9, 2004
Record of the Year: "Clocks," Coldplay Album of the Year: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast Song of the Year: "Dance With My Father," Richard Marx and Luther Vandross New Artist: Evanescence Pop Performance by Duo or Group: "Underneath It All," No Doubt Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Cry Me a River," Justin Timberlake Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Beautiful," Christina Aguilera Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Whenever I Say Your Name," Sting and...
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By Knight Ridder / Tribune | September 25, 2003
Top 40 singles 1. Black Eyed Peas, "Where Is The Love?" 2. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 3. Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim, "Can't Hold Us Down" 4. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love" 5. Justin Timberlake, "Senorita" Urban singles 1. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 2. Youngbloodz featuring Lil' Jon, "Damn!" 3. Pharrell featuring Jay-Z, "Frontin'" 4. Beyonce featuring Sean Paul, "Baby Boy" 5. Fabolous featuring Tamia, "Into You" Light Rock singles 1. Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray, "Drift Away" 2. Celine Dion, "Have You Ever Been In Love" 3. Matchbox Twenty, "Unwell" 4. Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father" 5. Shania Twain, "Forever And For Always" Alternative singles 1. Staind, "So Far Away" 2. Linkin Park, "Faint" 3. A Perfect Circle, "Weak And Powerless" 4. Audioslave, "Show Me How To Live" 5. Nickelback, "Someday"
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | June 26, 2003
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., 1985. I was 8 years old with pouty lips and nappy, rust-colored hair -- kinda shy, standoffish, and my family and folks from "around the way" called me "Dusty." We lived in the projects that year. In the summer -- under a honey sun without a care in the world -- I would hear the mellifluous sounds of Luther Vandross' The Night I Fell in Love. Miss Betty Wells -- who lived next door, smoked Newports and didn't have a job but maintained a sharp apartment -- used to blast Luther's album all day and night.
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By J.D. Considine | October 3, 1996
Luther VandrossYour Secret Love (Epic 67535)Between his purring voice and languorous, soulful delivery, Luther Vandross ought to have what it takes to be R&B's reigning romanticist. But as much as he tries to work that loverman magic, the singing on "Your Secret Love" is so lethargic that the only kind of pillow talk Vandross is likely to inspire would be of the "ZZZZZZZZ" variety. Although the album stresses his usual blend of sultry, mid-tempo soul ballads and reconfigured oldies, it lacks the excitement that formula usually engenders.
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By J. Doug Gill and J. Doug Gill,Contributing Writer | November 19, 1993
Anyone who has worshiped at the alter of sweat-drenched '60s rhythm and blues probably finds it difficult to warm to the modern-day variety.For the most part, rhythm and blues singers in the '90s are sappy and self-indulgent, content to purr and coo amid mountains of modern technology.And then there's Luther Vandross.A vocalist's vocalist, smooth and sophisticated, Vandross demonstrated an ability Wednesday at the Baltimore Arena to seduce 13,000 people with a phrase as simple as "The Night I Fell in Love."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 2, 1993
Frank Sinatra is usually described as a singular talent, a one-of-a-kind singer -- not just a voice, but THE voice. And though plenty of singers have tried to imitate his style or emulate his sound over the years, there has always been only one Francis Albert Sinatra.And yet, after listening to his latest releases -- the modern, star-studded "Duets" (Capitol 89611) and the epochal, 12-CD set "The Columbia Years 1943-1952: The Complete Recordings" (Legacy/Columbia 48673) -- it's hard to shake the sense that you've been listening to two different singers.
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By J.D. Considine | October 3, 1996
Luther VandrossYour Secret Love (Epic 67535)Between his purring voice and languorous, soulful delivery, Luther Vandross ought to have what it takes to be R&B's reigning romanticist. But as much as he tries to work that loverman magic, the singing on "Your Secret Love" is so lethargic that the only kind of pillow talk Vandross is likely to inspire would be of the "ZZZZZZZZ" variety. Although the album stresses his usual blend of sultry, mid-tempo soul ballads and reconfigured oldies, it lacks the excitement that formula usually engenders.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1993
WASHINGTON -- "We're so happy to be here," Little Feat front man Craig Fuller told the crowd crammed into Reunion Hall yesterday afternoon. "Ain't it great to have a president who likes rock 'n' roll?"He got no argument from the crowd. From a musical standpoint, this first part of the Clinton inaugural celebration was a stunning success, from the exuberant tent shows that made up America's Reunion on the Mall to the star-studded An American Reunion extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial.At times, it seemed more like a pop festival than a political event.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 1, 1993
These days, when young soul singers set out to work the groove, they seem to take the term literally. They grunt, they holler, they shout, they wail. And when they really want to show their stuff, they dress up the melody with all sorts of acrobatic ululation, as if under the impression that singing was some form of athletic competition.But when Luther Vandross works a groove, he barely breaks a sweat. His singing is so smooth and assured that it appears almost effortless -- as if he could toss off an entire album more easily than most of us could hum a melody.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | January 18, 1993
WASHINGTON -- "We're so happy to be here," Little Feat front man Craig Fuller told the crowd crammed into Reunion Hall yesterday afternoon. "Ain't it great to have a president who likes rock 'n' roll?"He got no argument from the crowd. From a musical standpoint, this first part of the Clinton inaugural celebration was a stunning success, from the exuberant tent shows that made up America's Reunion on the Mall to the star-studded An American Reunion extravaganza at the Lincoln Memorial.At times, it seemed more like a pop festival than a political event.
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