Luther Vandross sang songs that made us fall in love – with his music, and with each other.
Luther Vandross accepts his award for favorite soul or R&B male artist at the 29th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, in this Jan. 9, 2002 file photo. Fans of the legendary singer, who died in July 2005, can enjoy two new tracks when "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" collection is released August 22. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
The singer-songwriter sold more than 25 million albums and won eight Grammy awards, thanks to his rich voice and romantic music. Seven years after his death, we're remembering a few of our favorite love songs by Luther Vandross, so snuggle up with someone you love and enjoy these classics.
Vandross's first solo single took the R&B world by storm in 1981, hitting No. 1 on the soul singles chart. "Never Too Much" is a classic example of his catchy songwriting and smooth voice.
The next time Vandross made it to the No.1 spot was in 1986, with the equally bouncy – and equally romantic –"Stop to Love."
In 1989, "Here and Now" not only gained Vandross his fifth No. 1 – it won him his first Grammy Award, for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Luther Vandross may be gone, but his songs will keep setting romantic moods for years to come.
Written by Linnea Crowther