R&B / Soul
Originally released on Cotillion Records, this seminal record is being made available commercially for the first time in over forty years in CD, Digital, and Vinyl formats.
June 1976 saw the introduction of†Luther, Luther Vandrossíss debut album, marking a significant milestone in the R&B genre. This album not only showcased Vandrossís unparalleled vocal prowess but also highlighted his talents as a songwriter and producer. Among its hits, "Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me)" gained particular fame when it was reimagined by Vandross and†David Bowie, emerging as "Fascination" on Bowieís legendary 1975 album†Young Americans, where Vandross also contributed to background vocals and arrangements.†Luther†also includes the track ďEverybody Rejoice (A Brand New Day),Ē a key song in the†1975 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "The Wiz"†and its 1978 film adaptation. This re-release offers the†only†available recording of Vandross's unique performance of this iconic song.
Following the success of his debut, Vandross continued his musical journey as part of the American singing group†Luther, with the release of†This Close to You,†on March 23, 1977. This second studio album further solidified his status in the music industry, highlighting his exceptional skills as a lead vocalist, writer, and producer. The albumís blend of soulful melodies and moving lyrics captured the hearts of fans and critics alike, propelling Luther Vandross to stardom.