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Friday, July 01, 2005

Very sad

Luther Vandross, the talented soul singer, has died. This is a copy of my post at BowieNet;

Very sad.
Luther Vandross was special. David Bowie was an admirer and invited him to join him to write songs for Young Americans.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has this story;

"But he happily toiled in the musical background for years before he would have his first hit. He wrote songs for projects as varied as a David Bowie album ("Fascination") and the Broadway musical "The Wiz" ("Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)"), sang backup for acts such as Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, and even became a leading commercial jingle singer."

I recall once seeing Luther interviewed on television about his music. It was memorable. He spoke of where his music comes from. He said that he was captivated by sweet music that gave you that "mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm". And then he wanted his music to go past that and give you not just "mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmm", but keep on going and give you "mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm".

LOL. He was an oh so soulful man.

Luther had an eating disorder. His heart gave out because he had gained so much weight and then lost so much weight so many times. That's very hard on your number one muscle.

According to E! Online:

"If his career held steady, Vandross' health did not. By his own admission, he was a carb addict who lost, and gained, more than 100 pounds 14 times--often in the very public eye. As recently as 1998, the six-foot-three singer weighed in at 340 pounds.

"[When you're that heavy it] feels like you're wearing an 80-pound hat and a coat that weighs 300 pounds," Vandross told ABC News in 2001, during one of his slender, 220-pound periods. "You wear it externally, so the minute you walk through the door, everybody knows, Luther's not winning his battle with his demon."

"An alcoholic can't have half a martini," he said, "and you know, I can't have bread." "

We Bowie fans have lost a true friend. Luther Vandross was a special music genius.

Thanks for contributing to David's music, Luther. We'll always remember.


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