Thursday Throwback: Luther Vandross

In 1981, Luther Vandross hit the scene with his debut album, Never Too Much.  The singer had spent well over ten years honing his craft as a songwriter, recording vocals for commercial jingles and working as a backup vocalist for artists like Carly Simon, Chic and David Bowie.  With that experience under his belt, it was it was time for Vandross to test the waters of a solo career.  Never Too Much became a number one album on the R&B chart and made it to the top twenty on the pop chart, supported by singles like the title track, which spent a couple of weeks at the top of the charts, and the tune “Don’t You Know That.”  Also included on the album was the ballad “A House is Not a Home,” a cover of a song originally recorded by Dionne Warwick and written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the songwriting team responsible for penning hits like “Walk On By,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “There’s Always Something There To Remind Me,” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose,” just to name a few. Over the years, “A House Is Not A Home” would become one of Vandross’ signature songs, a favorite amongst quiet storm radio listeners and a guaranteed concert crowd pleaser.  This wouldn’t be the last time Vandross would lend his vocal prowess to a Bacharach and David tune.  He also recorded “Anyone Who Had A Heart” (also originally recorded by Warwick) on his 1986, multi-platinum album Give Me The Reason.

–Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.

 

 

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