*Luther Vandross might have left us too soon, but his legacy lives on!
Vandross (finally) received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Many celebrities attended and celebrated the event including Clive Davis, Nile Rodgers, Alfonso “Fonzi” Thornton, Marcus Miller and Vandross’ niece Seveda Williams.
Vandross’ old friend Marcus Miller shared some kind words about his talent some time ago.
“There are a lot of trumpeters who play with a lot technique, and there are a lot of singers who can riff all over the place,” longtime collaborator Miller said.
Miller added, “but Luther and Miles (Davis), they could play all the notes, but they just played the right notes. They found the notes that would affect you, emotionally.”
But even legends like Vandross were inspired by other artists.
“I love Stevie Wonder and I love Teddy Pendergrass and I love Donny Hathaway and Tony Bennett for that matter,” Vandross said in a 1982 interview, “but they were not the ones to arouse my musical libido. It was those nights with the earphones listening to Aretha (Franklin) sing ‘Ain’t No Way’ and listening to Dionne Warwick sing ‘People’ and listening to Diana Ross sing ‘Reflections.’”
He added, “it was those nights that just knocked me down. I emulated these people. And as a result of having a lot of female singers as my idols, my sensitivity level is much different than a lot of other guys singing.”
Before he passed away in 2005 from complications with diabetes and hypertension, he won eight Grammys and sold 25 million records.
For photos of the celebration, check out Hip-Hop Wired’s slideshow.