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December 1, 1988 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
One of the hottest pop tours of the year, starring balladeers Luther Vandross and Anita Baker, almost didn't happen. The reason? Vandross' vanity. A couple of hours before going on stage earlier this week at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, Vandross--a giant of a man--sat precariously backstage on a chair that wasn't quite big enough. "I didn't want to face something about me that being on tour made me face," said Vandross in a genial, forthright mood.
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January 9, 2011 | By Darrell Satzman
A verdant acre in the residential heart of Beverly Hills is the setting for a contemporary home with Old World flair designed by architect-to-the stars Harold "Hal" Levitt. Levitt's design combines modern elements such as geometric skylights, generous sheets of glass, touches of concrete and an open floor plan in reimagining a European villa. Levitt, who died in 2003, designed the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building in Los Angeles.
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June 5, 1995 | CONNIE JOHNSON
It's hard to believe that Luther Vandross was once so shy that his career aspirations didn't extend beyond singing ad jingles and warbling backup for artists like Bette Midler, Roberta Flack and David Bowie. On Saturday night before an enthusiastic audience at the packed Hollywood Bowl, Vandross proved again that he is the premier male R&B/pop singer of his generation.
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December 18, 2006 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Luther not only lives, he croons, grooves and shakes major booty. But most of all, he loves, loves, loves. And did we say he's possessed with rockin' retro fashion cred? This was the scene at the Wilshire Theatre on Saturday night when a slew of terrific singers, dancers and musicians got together for "Here and Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross." A tribute to the late Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, the two-plus hour evening was, in effect, a huge love-in.
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July 2, 2005 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Luther Vandross, the Grammy-winning R&B singer whose emotionally charged Top 40 love declarations remapped contemporary soul singing before his career was interrupted two years ago by a stroke, died Friday. He was 54. Vandross died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J. The cause of death was not reported. After an April 2003 stroke left him incapacitated, Vandross gave up most public appearances, although he had recovered enough to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" a year later.
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June 9, 1991 | CONNIE JOHNSON
Given the scope of Vandross' talent, he should have an armload of Grammys, but for years he was inexplicably ignored while lesser lights walked away with that coveted symbol of musical excellence. This year, the satin-voiced New Yorker finally scored in the best male R&B vocal category for 1990's "Here and Now," the first crossover hit of his career.
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January 13, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition
If for some reason you feel you can't stomach hearing a love song tonight, our advice is to keep well clear of Anaheim Arena. Luther Vandross is here, and the titles in his discography tell the whole story. When Vandross summed up his highly successful first decade of pop-R&B crooning with a 1989 best-of compilation, he titled it "The Best of Luther Vandross, The Best of Love" as if "Luther" and "Love" were interchangeable.
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February 8, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a test case that industry observers feel could revolutionize contractual relationships in the record business if successful, Luther Vandross has sued Sony Music Entertainment Inc. to end his decade-long association with Epic Records. "This case is not about money," Vandross' attorney Don Engel said Friday. "It's about artistic freedom. It's about Luther's career. He feels that Sony has pigeonholed him and has not done all it could to expand his audience."
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June 20, 2006
Changing networks: The popular "Pokemon" children's TV series, which lost its U.S. home when the WB network folded, has found a new outlet. Its ninth season, "Pokemon: Battle Frontier," will premiere this fall on Cartoon Network. New Vandross tunes: Fans of singer Luther Vandross, who died in July, can enjoy two new tracks when "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" collection is released Aug. 22. Along with 16 of his biggest hits, the CD includes the previously unissued songs "Shine" and "Got You Home."
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June 20, 2006
Changing networks: The popular "Pokemon" children's TV series, which lost its U.S. home when the WB network folded, has found a new outlet. Its ninth season, "Pokemon: Battle Frontier," will premiere this fall on Cartoon Network. New Vandross tunes: Fans of singer Luther Vandross, who died in July, can enjoy two new tracks when "The Ultimate Luther Vandross" collection is released Aug. 22. Along with 16 of his biggest hits, the CD includes the previously unissued songs "Shine" and "Got You Home."
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September 18, 2005 | Natalie Nichols
Various artists "So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross" (J) * * NOBODY celebrated the everyday delights and disappointments of love with more epic R&B splendor than Luther Vandross, who died in July from complications of a 2003 stroke.
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July 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
The funeral service for eight-time Grammy winner Luther Vandross hit just the right notes Friday: soulful, joyful and powerful, an echo of the late singer's unforgettable voice. Family, friends and fans filled the Riverside Church in New York for a memorial service that morphed into a revival meeting before ending with an all-star rendition of his hit single "Power of Love/Love Power."
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July 2, 2005 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
Luther Vandross, the Grammy-winning R&B singer whose emotionally charged Top 40 love declarations remapped contemporary soul singing before his career was interrupted two years ago by a stroke, died Friday. He was 54. Vandross died at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J. The cause of death was not reported. After an April 2003 stroke left him incapacitated, Vandross gave up most public appearances, although he had recovered enough to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" a year later.
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February 9, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't simply a message, it was a miracle. Only a few months ago, Luther Vandross lay in a coma, his prognosis uncertain. But last night he was able to thank the world via video, in speech -- "When I say goodbye it's never for long" -- and in song: "I believe in the power of love." Vandross knows he's gotten by with more than a little help from friends, family and, most recently, a new crop of fans.
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February 9, 2004 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
OutKast, the Atlanta duo who have won over both nightclubs and critics with their intricate, sprightly brand of rap, on Sunday saw their album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" become the first pure hip-hop project to win best album honors at the Grammys. The OutKast duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi crafts buoyant, fresh music -- defined by the playful hit "Hey Ya!
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February 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Luther Vandross will not be able to attend Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he's nominated for five awards, including song of the year for "Dance With My Father." "It would have been a tremendous moment for Luther to attend the Grammy Awards this year," business manager Carmen Romano said in a statement. "But on the advice of his doctors, I regret to say that Luther won't be able to make this trip."
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