On this day in music history: December 2, 1989…

On this day in music history: December 2, 1989 – “Here And Now” by Luther Vandross hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #6 on the Hot 100 on April 21, 1990. Written by Terry Steele and David Elliott, it is the fifth and final R&B chart topper for the New York born R&B singer, songwriter and producer. Vandross is hanging out at long time friend Dionne Warwick’s home one day playing video games, when David Elliott (Warwick’s son) asks him if he would listen to some new song demos he has just recorded. Luther agrees, and the second of the three songs catches his ear. Titled “Here And Now”, Vandross loves the song and tells Elliott that he’ll record it. Luther rearranges the song significantly from the original demo by the time he records it. One of two new songs cut for his first greatest hits album “The Best Of Luther Vandross… The Best Of Love”, it’s released as a single in October of 1989. The song not only becomes Vandross’ first top ten pop single, it also wins him his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1991 after nine previous nominations and losses. “Here And Now” becomes an instant wedding staple, with Vandross performing it on an episode (Rose and Warren’s wedding) of the hit sitcom “227” in 1990. The singer also performs the song at the wedding of a couple who win a contest sponsored by Sony Music to promote the single, and Vandross’ album. “Here And Now” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.