Luther Vandross

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At Christmas Time
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Every Year, Every Christmas
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May Christmas Bring You Happiness
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O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
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The Christmas Song
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Please Come Home For Christmas
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My Favorite Things
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The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)
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A Kiss For Christmas
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This Is Christmas
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Luther Vandross, Darlene Love - I Listen To The Bells
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With a Christmas Heart
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Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Factfile - Luther Vandross
  • Vandross was part of the group Luther who released a Christmas single in 1976: At Christmas Time.
  • Vandross did a rendition of The Christmas Song for the 1992 charity compilation A Very Special Christmas 2.
  • His album from 1995, This Is Christmas, has sold over a million copies and peaked at 28th on The 1995 Billboard charts.

Soul singer Luther Vandross may have died at a very young age but he left a rich musical legacy behind him, so much so that Rolling Stone Magazine have him down as the 54th best singer in their Top 100 singers of all time. Before he made his name as a solo artist Vandross was part of a group in the mid-to-late 1970’s called Luther who released a series of not very successful singles. One of them was in fact a 7-inch with 2 Christmas songs that came out in 1976. ‘At Christmas Time’ was the a-side and what a lavish affair it proved to be with strong orchestral direction and a warm hearted delivery from Vandross. The flipside ‘May Christmas Bring You Happiness’ had a touch of the Hot Chocolate’s about it ensuring it was a danceable good time frolic. Luther’s first Christmas recording as a solo artist came in 1992 for the Special Olympics charity compilation ‘A Very Special Christmas 2’ wherein he adapted Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’ into a smooth R&B number. It may sound a little dated at this stage but it remains a laid-back and soothing recording. Quite surprisingly, his 1976 Christmas single and ‘The Christmas Song’ did not make the cut for Luther’s one and only Christmas album ‘This Is Christmas’ (although they would all be included in a reissue called ‘The Classic Christmas Album’ which also had a live version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ with Chaka Khan).

Luther Vandross’ sole (or soul if you wish) Christmas album ‘This Is Christmas’ was released in 1995 and has gone on to sell well beyond a million copies. The 10 track LP was certainly of its time and featured lots of originals written by Vandross and his songwriting collaborators. In many ways it is a Christmas album about love, especially on opening track ‘With A Christmas Heart’ with its soft piano and tender vocals. Another original ‘This Is Christmas’ is dispatched in a similar vein and surely retains huge appeal for lovers at Christmastime. The pace on 'This Is Christmas' is for the most part decidedly downtempo so the party jam of ‘The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)’ comes as a bit of a surprise. It is pretty cheesy but then so are lots of other Christmas songs. Also distinguishing itself from the pack is Vandross’ ‘I Listen To The Bells’ where he was joined by Christmas legend Darlene Love on vocals. ‘This Is Christmas’ has a couple of non-originals and Vandross adds his own polite spin to standards such as ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ closes the album in a beautifully reverential way as the soul singer is joined by a church choir. A lovely way to end this lovely Christmas album.

This is Christmas
Let the world sing
Let a soul began to heal
Hallejuah this is christmas
And with love we can began today
Luther Vandross, This Is Christmas (1995)
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Luther Vandross Christmas Album & Single Covers

Luther Vandross At Christmas Time
Luther Vandross Home For Christmas
Luther Vandross The Christmas Song
Luther Vandross The Classic Christmas Album
Luther Vandross This Is Christmas
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