Luther Vandross, Forever, For Always, For Love, you are not forgotten. A personal reflection with my photos and videos from others.
Luther was born on April 20, 1951 and passed away on July 1, 2005. He suffered from a bursted blood vessel that shortened his awesome singing career three years before his death. He had also suffered for years from diabetes, hypertension, and his up and down weight change.
With the latest buzz going around about the beautiful and talented Sade on tour (“Thanks” for the pictorial review from our fellow blogger, eof737, check her out!), I can’t help but pause for reflection on my time as a concert-goer in the 80’s enjoying the soulful sounds of Luther Vandross.
When he started his solo concerts, I made it my personal business to be the first fan in line the moment tickets went on sale. I wasn’t waiting around for a guy to ask me out so I told my sister that I would pay for her ticket if she went with me. And we had a blast!!!!
When I got to work the next day, my male co-worker gave me a photo that he took of me standing at the front of the stage being spellbound by Luther. He deliberately sought me out. I had told everyone that I had front row seats. Shucks, no one could stay seated, being that close to the stage. Psst…I’m the third one back.
I used to always tell people that I was Luther’s first #1 Fan. I remember where I was and who I was with when my ears first heard his mesmerizing voice. Haha, no, I was not with my significant other. In fact, I was working the night shift. You know, the hours when DJ’s would slow the music down to please the lovebirds. Well, I was right in there with them, singing along, even though I was at work. I was totally in love with Luther Vandross. I bought all of his music and pretended that he was singing to me, exclusively. 😉
My heart sunk to new depths when I heard of his passing. I had lost my – If Only For One Night – lover. I wondered who was going to remind us that A House Is Not a Home if the one we love isn’t there, also.
If you are a fan of Luther’s you know what I’m talking ’bout, don’t you? If you’re not a fan or just interested in knowing more about Luther Vandross, please visit The Official Luther Vandross site and enjoy some awesome videos. Dear future Luther fans, please come back and let me know how he moved you with his music.
Extra! Extra!: Howard Hewitt was the opening singer for Luther. Oh, what a prelude! I hope you enjoy these pictures of Howard up close and, umm, need I say more?
Here is another photo that my male co-walker took of me standing up close to Howard during the opening act –
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed going back in the day with me, remembering our dear friend, Luther Vandross. RIP Luther.
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