On this day in music history: October 24, 1981 – “Never…

On this day in music history: October 24, 1981 – “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #33 on the Hot 100 on November 28, 1981. Written and produced by Luther Vandross, it is the first solo chart single and chart topping single for the New York born R&B singer and songwriter. It is the breakthrough solo hit for the veteran commercial jingle and background singer. After years of trying and failing to secure a solo record deal, Vandross decides not to wait for labels to come to him. Following the success he has as a featured vocalist on Change’s “The Glow Of Love” and “Searching”, Luther self finances the recording of the “Never Too Much” album, then shops the finished product around to record labels. Epic Records signs him to the label in the Spring of 1981, releasing the single in July. “Never Too Much” races up the R&B chart and cracks the Top 40 on the pop singles chart that Fall. Along with the standard 45/LP version of the song, it is also issued in an extended mix running over five and a half minutes, as a promo only 12″ single in the US and commercially in the UK. “Never Too Much” re-released in 1989 with new remixes by legendary club DJ’s Justin Strauss and Ben Liebrand in the UK. An edit of the Justin Strauss remix is also issued as a 7″ single, peaking at #13 on the UK singles chart. Strauss’ remixes are released as a 12″ single in the US in 1990, with additional dub mixes not found on the UK 12″.