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LUTHER
Before his breakthrough, Vandross was part of a singing quintet in the late '70s, consisting former Shades of Jade members Anthony Hinton and Diane Sumler, Theresa V. Reed, and Christine Wiltshire, also called Luther, signed to Cotillion Records. Although the singles "It's Good for the Soul", "Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)", and "The Second Time Around" were relatively successful, their two albums, the self-titled Luther (1976) and This Close to You (1977), didn't sell enough to make the charts. Vandross bought back the rights to these albums after the record label dropped the group, preventing their later re-release.
 
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Luther 1976 Interview
June 1976, In person interview conducted by David Nathan in New York City, office of Simo Doe at Atlantic Records Luther are three girls and two guys whose debut single for Cotillion is attracting a lot of attention. They are not headliners yet, but they’ve been putting in a lot of ground work on building a solid reputation. Thus began the first of what would be many interviews David Nathan would conduct over almost thirty years with Luther Vandross, then emerging as an in-demand jingle ...
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