Category: never too much

On this day in music history: August 12, 1981 …

On this day in music history: August 12, 1981 – “Never Too Much”, the debut album by Luther Vandross is released. Produced by Luther Vandross, it is recorded at Media Sound Studios in New York City from Late 1980 – Early 1981. Following his recent success singing lead on the hits “The Glow Of Love” and “Searching” by Change, the highly successful commercial jingle and background singer once again pursues his dream of solo stardom, which has eluded him for years. After trying and failing numerous times to secure a solo recording contract, Vandross takes another approach. He self finances and produces his solo debut album, overseeing all aspects of its production himself. The singer assembles a group of top notch New York studio musicians and vocalists (all having worked with Vandross previously) that include Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Nat Adderley, Jr., Bashiri Johnson, Cissy Houston, Tawatha Agee, Michelle Cobbs, Fonzi Thornton and Norma Jean Wright. Epic Records executive Jerome Gasper (who has known Vandross since the early 70’s) brings him to the attention of his boss, CBS Records R&B exec Larkin Arnold who immediately signs the singer upon hearing the finished recording. The album spins off three singles including “Don’t You Know That” (#10 R&B), “Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)” (#72 R&B) the title track (#1 R&B, #33 Pop). Though not released as a single, Vandross cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned classic (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1964), “A House Is Not A Home” is one of the albums’ centerpieces, becoming an airplay staple on R&B, Quiet Storm radio, as well as one of the dramatic highlights of his live concerts. The album also earns Vandross two Grammy nominations including Best New Artist in 1982.  Originally released on CD in the late 80’s, is remastered and reissued in 2001, restoring the original album packaging and printed lyric sheet. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Sony/Legacy in January of 2018. “Never Too Much” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number nineteen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: October 24, 1981…

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".

On this day in music history: August 12, 1981 …

On this day in music history: August 12, 1981 – “Never Too Much”, the debut album by Luther Vandross is released. Produced by Luther Vandross, it is recorded at Media Sound Studios in New York City from Late 1980 – Early 1981. Following his recent success singing lead on the hits “The Glow Of Love” and “Searching” by Change, the highly successful commercial jingle and background singer once again pursues his dream of solo stardom, which has eluded him for years. After trying and failing numerous times to secure a solo recording contract, Vandross takes another approach. He self finances and produces his solo debut album, overseeing all aspects of its production himself. The singer assembles a group of top notch New York studio musicians and vocalists (all having worked with Vandross previously) that include Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Nat Adderley, Jr., Bashiri Johnson, Cissy Houston, Tawatha Agee, Michelle Cobbs, Fonzi Thornton and Norma Jean Wright. Epic Records executive Jerome Gasper (who has known Vandross since the early 70’s) brings him to the attention of his boss, CBS Records R&B exec Larkin Arnold who immediately signs the singer upon hearing the finished recording. The album spins off three singles including “Don’t You Know That” (#10 R&B), “Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)” (#72 R&B) the title track (#1 R&B, #33 Pop). Though not released as a single, Vandross cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned classic (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1964), “A House Is Not A Home” is one of the albums’ centerpieces, becoming an airplay staple on R&B, Quiet Storm radio, as well as one of the dramatic highlights of his live concerts. The album also earns Vandross two Grammy nominations including Best New Artist in 1982.  Originally released on CD in the late 80’s, is remastered and reissued in 2001, restoring the original album packaging and printed lyric sheet. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Sony/Legacy in January of 2018. “Never Too Much” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number nineteen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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″.