"Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr." (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American R&B singer. During his career, Vandross sold 25 million albums and won eight Grammy awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance With My Father," co-written with Richard Marx.
Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Vandross grew up in a musical family that moved to the Bronx when he was 13. His sister sang with vocal group The Crests who had a number one hit in the early 1960's with "Sixteen Candles." Vandross' father died of diabetes when Vandross was eight years old. His life-changing moment came when at the age of 13 he heard Dionne Warwick sing ''Anyone Who Had A Heart'' (a song he would cover in his later years). He knew then that he wanted to be a singer.
Vandross formed a vocal group in high school which once played at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. His first recording credit was as producer of the album ''Soul Christmas'' in 1968 and appeared as a vocalist on a Quincy Jones album ''Best'' in 1969. He was also a member of a theater workshop ...
|Born||April 20, 1951|
|Origin||Manhattan, New York|
|Died||July 1, 2005; Edison, New Jersey|
|Occupation||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Years active||1968 - 2003|
|First album||''Never Too Much''|
|Latest album||''Dance With My Father''|
|Notable albums||''Dance With My Father''|
|Notable songs||"A House Is Not a Home", "Here & Now", "Dance With My Father"|
|Associated acts||Lisa Fischer, CHIC|