It’s about time. Luther Vandross has finally been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And we’d be remised if we didn’t state that it’s late. Vandross was not only a legendary crooner whose work spanned four decades. But he was also the recipient of 31 Grammy nominations, 8 Grammy wins, 8 American Music Awards trophies, as well as countless other accolades and number one, unforgettable, beautiful songs like, “Never Too Much” (1981), “Power of Love” (1992), “Here And Now” (1991), “House Is Not A Home” (1981), “So Amazing” (1981), and “Dance With My Father” (2003).
Feels like it happened just yesterday when the R&B legend died in 2005, at age 54, after complications from suffering a severe stroke. His ballads brought millions closer, likely being responsible for a fair number of romantic liaisons. Vandross began his entertainment career as a highly sought after background singer supporting such artists as Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Ben. E. King, Donna Summer, David Bowie, Roberta Flack, and a multitude of others. He is responsible for 13 studio albums including Never Too Much (1981) being the first. Followed by Forever, For Always, For Love (1982), Busy Body (1983), The Night I Fell in Love (1985), Give Me The Reason (1986), Any Love (1988), Power of Love (1991), Never Let Me Go (1993), Songs (1994), Your Secret Love (1996), I Know (1998), Luther Vandross (2001) and Dance with My Father (2003).
Vandross’ niece Seveda Williams and longtime friend Alfonso “Fonzi” Thornton will accept the star on the singer’s behalf at 1717 Vine Street. Fans that would like to witness the ceremony can stream it live, June 3, on www.walkoffame.com.