Luther has ratings and 39 reviews. Alretha said: I really enjoyed this read, and I learned so much about Luther I didn’t know. I just wish he had bee. An authentic R&B legend, Luther Vandross is one of the most popular and talented vocalists in the world. His life has been full of pain and love, tragedy and . The Paperback of the Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross by Craig Seymour at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Proud as a Peacock. Luther remains one of the music industry’s most private celebrities. In Lutherthe first biography of the hugely popular and beloved singer, Craig Seymour investigates and illuminates Luther’s life, from his early obsession with soulful girl groups to the day he was discovered by glam rocker David Bowie to his devastating stroke and inspiring recovery. Seymour explores Luther’s elusive sexuality, the taboo question that has plagued him for his entire career.

He talks about Luther’s yo-yo dieting, and the pain his weight has caused him and those around him. And he frankly and honestly explores the tragedies of Luther’s ,ife His life has been full of pain and love, tragedy and redemption. And now, for the first time ever, Luther gives you a backstage pass into his life and longing.

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Add to Your books. No lutber Talk conversations about this book. As with George Benson, I grew up listening to Luther, but despite his beautiful voice and longibg career writing, singing and producing for artists like David Bowie, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwickhe never really became a household name, which is a shame. This heartfelt biography mourns what the soul singer should have been, as much as what he was – a successful star, plagued with health problems and loneliness.

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I just wish he could have been found happiness. Born Luther Ronzoni after a brand of pasta his mother loved eating during her pregnancy Vandross, Luther was the type of shy, private man with an amazing talent which brought out vandoss flamboyance on stage that I have a soft spot for.

He battled constantly with his weight, in a vicious cycle of comfort eating, ballooning in size and then rigorous dieting, usually to get in shape while promoting a new album, which might have contributed to his early death in His brother and two sisters also died young, from diabetes and asthma, leaving his poor widowed mother to live on alone for another four years. In his professional life, Luther also faced unhappiness – despite being a ltuher singer who sang backing vocals for many famous stars bandross also recorded countless advertising jingles, his solo career never seemed to take off.

He yearned for Grammy awards and number one records, but had a track record of getting pipped at the post.

These personal and professional setbacks made him unhappy, and coupled with his perfectionist nature, he was sometimes known to take his grievances out on the artists and musicians who worked with him, earning him a reputation as a ‘diva’.


I was surprised by the high drama of Luther’s life – two men who worked with him, including his longtime drummer Yogi Horton, committed suicide by throwing kife out of windows, and the manager brother of Luther’s teenage protege Jimmy Salvemini was killed in a car crash for lutther Luther was accused of vehicular manslaughter!

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He was later charged with reckless driving. I’ve never been so shocked while reading a biography! For all that, Craig Seymour isn’t out to seek a scandal Freddie Mercury biographers take note. He obviously respects Luther’s memory, but doesn’t hide the less than rose-tinted aspects of the singer’s life either. AdonisGuilfoyle Aug 2, You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. References to this work on external resources. Inside sources said he might never sing again.

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With a will to live matched only by the enormous strength and power of his heart, soul, and singing talent, Luther survived and is regaining his voice. This biography is a loving tribute to the man who has entertained millions. No library descriptions found.

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