Luther Vandross was an iconic singer and carried the genre of R&B for decades while he was still alive. A number of people still enjoy his music and to celebrate his birthday, Briefly News compiled three facts about the performer and artist.
Today would've been the late Luther Vandross' 70th birthday. Fans have been celebrating the award-winning singer's day of birth on social media and Briefly News shares a few interesting facts about the star in his honour.
1. Relationships and personal life
Luther Vandross was never married and had no children. The late star used to make beautiful love ballads but he never legally committed to anyone by getting married. There was speculation about his sexuality at some point and the industry thought that he may have been gay.
In December 2017, his close friend Patti LaBelle confirmed that Vandross was in fact gay, stating that he hadn't come out because he knew that it would negatively affect his career.
The late singer had 16 studio albums at the time of his death. Luther had a soothing voice and one of his most popular albums, Dance With My Father, won four Grammys out of five nominations. The album featured Beyoncé, Foxy Brown and Queen Latifah.
The album was certified 2x platinum by RIAA and is an iconic compilation of his work that is still being played all over the world today.
3. Live performances and talent
According to Google Doodle's Twitter account, #LutherVandross also contributed to the development of almost every part of his live performances. From the design of the background singers' sparkling gowns to the stage lights that set the mood - he did it all.
Vandross was commonly referred to as 'The Velvet Voice' and made it onto the list of Rolling Stone's greatest musicians of all time.
In other world celebrity news, Briefly News reported that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson celebrated his daughter Tia Giana's birthday in a cute post.
Actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson has celebrated his young daughter, Tia Giana, as she turns three years old.
The proud dad went on social media Sunday, April 18, sharing a cute snap of him and the little one alongside a sweet message. The former wrestler noted his little angle is loving, kind tenacious but also tough like her mother.
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