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His vocal talent was recognized and session credits with Chaka Khan, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer and others prompted Cotillion records to sign him.His albums Luther and This Close To You (1976) both flopped, partly due to the disco backing as opposed to allowing Vandross to express his romantic, soul style.While he had always prided himself lyrically at "stopping outside the bedroom door", preferring romance to raunch, the modern charts were filled with R&B young bucks such as R Kelly, who revelled in their testosterone-fuelled, sexually explicit personas.Where previously Vandross had surrounded himself with New York's finest instrumentalists, the new crop of hip-hop-based producers weren't trained musicians at all, relying instead on drum machines and samples of other people's records. From a Brooklyn, NY, family deep in gospel and soul singing, Vandross had plenty of singing guidance as a child.After a brief break from the music scene in the 70s, an old friend and workshop colleague, Carlos Alomar, invited him to join him in the studio with David Bowie for the recording of Young Americans.He drifted back to session work for Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Gwen Guthrie, Chic, and Sister Sledge.Composing advertising jingles also financed this work.
Vandross has won countless awards and he has worked with Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston. To see the polished, sophisticated Vandross in concert in his heyday later in the '80s was to witness a soul music giant at the top of his game.Unlike the gutsy, blue-collar grit of soul stars of the '60s and '70s - Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Teddy Pendergrass - Vandross wowed audiences with a captivating blend of glamour, tight production and impeccable, infectious musicianship.His performance with the group Change on 1980's The Glow Of Love earned him two UK Top 20 hits in Glow Of Love and Searching. Never Too Much earned him an R&B number 1, while singles, including duets with Cheryl Lynn (If This World Were Mine) and Dionne Warwick (How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye), strengthened his popularity.Then came Stop To Love (1986) and There's Nothing Better Than Love (1987).