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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The mystery around Luther’s romantic involvement is truly mystical. Why do you think the other parties have not shared their stories or was Luther a virgin in the true sense of the word? See 1 question about Luther…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 02, Alretha Thomas added it. I really enjoyed this read, and I learned so much about Luther I didn’t know.

I just wish he had been able to enjoy his success more. If the book is accurate, his biggest dream was to have a number one pop chart hit. His dream was finally realized, but by then he had had a stroke and was not even able to attend the Grammy’s to receive his award. There were a lot of interesting stories and revelations in the book. At one point in college he told people Dionne Warwick was his sister.

He was that i I really enjoyed this read, and I learned so much about Luther I didn’t know.

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He was that infatuated with her singing style. Longjng idolized Aretha Franklin. They also had a major fight. He also had bitter disagreements with Anita Baker, but toward the end of his life he had rekindled those relationships. David Bowie gave him his first major break. He was famous for doing countless commercial jingles and made a ton of money doing so. He used food vandorss a drug and his up and down weight loss fueled rumors that he had contracted AIDS many times.

He lost all his lluther to Diabetes, his father as well and his mother after his lpnging. I thank God for giving us Luther and the music he has left behind. I wish he could have found the love he so longed for. I believe in death he found the ultimate love in the hands of the Creator. Jul 27, John rated it really liked it. And like Sinatra, the man was truly gifted when it came to phrasing a lyric. His range was phenominal–and the emotion vandrss as in “Dance With My Father” he put into a song made him a favorite.


This book gives the reader insight into his humble beginnings and his steady rise to fame. He set out to be a composer and backup singer, but his voice made it apparent to those in the music business that he was destined for a solo career.

Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross by Craig Seymour

Jul 10, Sheryl rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed reading this book because it shared Luther’s personal stories and connections family, friends and others in the music industry. I appreciated that it didn’t include any tacky stories of sexual conquests- or any unsubstantiated rumors. Just known info on Luther’s over all life. Luther Vandross is my all time favorite entertainer- and after reading the book I feel like a lot of “holes” on his life have been filled in.

I have a much better perspective on the complete man- not just the Sup I enjoyed reading this book because it shared Luther’s personal stories and connections family, friends and others in the music industry. I have a much better perspective on the complete man- not just the Superstar. I would recommend it for any other Luther fans.

He is so sorely missed: This was a great truthful read. I give the book a 4 star. You could feel the character, his ups and downs. The love he had for his craft. He was honest, rather good or bad. The love he had for his family and friends. The person he was. I love the story!

Sep 03, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Another thing he yearned for and never got was a number one pop hit single, which surprised me at first. After listening to a greatest hits package covering his output, though, clues emerged as to why that chart topper eluded him. Although his voice is smooth and among the best of that era, his arrangements lacked a certain spark. Probably the most valuable part of this book is the discography of not only everything Vandross recorded, but his production, arranging and backup singing duties for other artists as well this continued well after he found success in his own right.

Feb 18, C. Edmunds rated it it was amazing Shelves: Luther has influenced many a generation in both singing and songwriting and to get an insight on who he was on and off stage is a rare treat and one that should propel those who are choosing to enter the entertainment business to open their eyes to what it is all about. Luther has been both an outsider and an insider to this rare vehicle that we call showbiz.

With Luther being my main man, inspiration and Muse for doing what I do, I have gotten to know him more and why he is who he is; why he prefers his privacy and why he feels so strongly about it. Because it’s all about the music Because it’s Really Love May 03, Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here is another musical genius that I loved and respected, and still do to this day!


I was blessed to see Luther perform live 4 times, when he came to my city, and every show was spectacular. This book was great to read, but hurt my soul because I’m still saddened by his untimely death.

A voice like Luther’s only comes once in a lifetime, and I don’t think we will ever have another Luther again, at least not in my lifetime.

Not only was he talented vocally, but his writing was equally as strong.

I remember hearing Luther’s voice in so many commercials, well before he became the “Luuuuther” we all knew and loved. This is one biography longimg touched me deeply, and I will listen to Luther’s music forever! This book gives an indepth view of the life and loves of Luther Vandross. Boy do I miss him!

Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross

What a Musical Talent! He’s made a difference in my life! Vajdross 02, Victoria Haugen rated it it was amazing. I loved listening to this! I’ve always loved Luther’s voice, but never really knew much about him.

It’s always so fascinating to learn about someone who created such great music, great words, great experiences, to so many millions of people. I mean to reach people lither that way, in a lasting, stick-with-you-forever way But, usually the wonderful words written and sung by so many great performers, are born from pain, suffering, longing, anguish. I too always aim t I loved listening to this!

I too always aim to please, mostly at my own expense, and know how it can be both a blessing and a burden. What a revealing piece on Lutner. Vandross, it’s been a pleasure to listen to this, loved the writing and narration: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. People may never receive the answers to some thd the questions that were planted by the press, but they will be able to appreciate the struggles that accompanied his great success and the artistry he remained faithful to until his death.

Dec 08, Tamara rated it liked it Shelves: This book largely discusses Luther’s career, progressing from in-demand background singer and arranger to solo star. Don’t expect any juicy tidbits about his personal life. The “longing” is basically his desire for Grammys and a 1 pop hit.

Perhaps the content of luuther book and lack thereof has to do with the fact that Luther vzndross still alive when it was written.