Tag Archives: Luther Vandross

CHANGE-REACH FOR THE SKY AN ANTHOLOGY.

CHANGE-REACH FOR THE SKY AN ANTHOLOGY. Part of the soundtrack to the disco era was recorded by studio bands. They featured mostly anonymous session musicians and unknown vocalists. Many of these musicians and vocalists were just at the start of their careers, including Luther Vandross.  The twenty-eight year old backing vocalist had worked with everyone …

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BACKBEATS-LAY BACK AND CHILL-MORE SUPERIOR AND SENSUOUS SOUL

BACKBEATS-LAY BACK AND CHILL-MORE SUPERIOR AND SENSUOUS SOUL. It was back in 2010 that Harmless Records released the first of the Backbeats’ series. Since then, Backbeats had grown to become the world’s most popular budget series. Now there are forty-two compilations in the series,plus ten artists specific compilations. They’ve come a long way. However, several …

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THE CHARLIE CALELLO ORCHESTRA-CALELLO SERENADE.

THE CHARLIE CALELLO ORCHESTRA-CALELLO SERENADE. Back in 1958, Frankie Vali walked into a nightclub in Newark, New Jersey and immediately, was bowled over by the band that were playing. Straight away, Frankie knew this band were special and knew why. The secret to their success was the man who wrote and arranged their music. When …

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DISCO RECHARGE-CHANGE-GLOW OF LOVE AND MIRACLES-SPECIAL EDITION.

DISCO RECHARGE-CHANGE-GLOW OF LOVE AND MIRACLES-SPECIAL EDITION. It’s quite a feat for any artist to release one critically acclaimed and commercially successful album, never mind two. What makes this even more remarkable is that both albums were released in the disco era. Not many artists managed this, but Change did. Change released their debut album …

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LUTHER VANDROSS-GIVE ME THE REASON.

LUTHER VANDROSS-GIVE ME THE REASON. There aren’t many singers that go from singing backing vocals to releasing a string of gold and platinum albums. While that might sound like the stuff of fiction, that’s what happened to Luther Vandross. During the late seventies, Luther was singing backing vocals for Chic, while no doubt studying Niles …

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CHERYL LYNN-INSTANT LOVE.

CHERYL LYNN-INSTANT LOVE. When Cheryl Lynn released her eponymous debut album Cheryl Lynn, it contained a single that since then, has become synonymous with Cheryl, Got To Be Real. It reached number one in the US R&B Charts, while her debut album was certified gold. Since then, Got To Be Real has become a disco …

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-JUMP TO IT.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-JUMP TO IT. Before Jump To It was released in 1982, Aretha Franklin’s career was going through something of a lean spell. It had been six years since Aretha’s last top forty single Something He Can Feel and six years since her 1976 album Sparkle had been certified gold. Since then, Aretha had released …

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ARETHA FRANKLIN-GET IT RIGHT.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-GET IT RIGHT. By the early eighties, Aretha Franklin’s wasn’t enjoying the same success as earlier on in her career. It had been ten long years since one of her albums had been certified gold. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she hadn’t had a single enter the top forty since 1976s Sparkle and …

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LUTHER VANDROSS-NEVER TOO MUCH.

LUTHER VANDROSS-NEVER TOO MUCH. Luther Vandross’ route to a solo career which saw him sell over 25 million albums, including his debut solo album Never Too Much, is a quite fascinating story. Born in April 1951 in New York, Luther grew up in a musical family. He started playing piano aged three, joined the group …

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