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Luther Vandross
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    (April 20, 1951-July 1, 2005)
    Recorded hits such as 'Dance With My Father,' 'I'd Ratter,' 'Don't Want To Be the Fool,' 'Power of Love,' 'Here and Now,' 'Stop to Love' and 'SuperStar'
    Won three Grammy awards in 1990 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 'Here and Now,' Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 'Power of Love,' and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance 'Your Secret Love
    Was a backup vocalist for David Bowie, Barbara Streisand, Carly Simon, Donna Summer and Bette Midler in the 70's
    Musical Guest on Saturday Night Live (1982 and 1989)
    Many believe the cause of his stroke in April 2003, was due to his battle with his weight.
    He was a yo-yo dieter. He topped the scale at 340 and his lowest weight was 200.
    There was a rumor that he died of AIDS because he lost so much weight at one time (HealthTalk 2001).
    An American Idol winner sang his song 'Superstar' much too often (2003).
    His family used to call him 'Ronnie.'
    His first music group 'Listen My Brother' appeared on the children's program 'Sesame Street' (1969).
    He was found unconscious in his Manhattan apartment (April 16, 2003).
    He suffered a stroke-induced-coma in April of 2003 causing him to lose his voice for four months.
    His song 'Dance with My Father,' is a tribute song about his father who he lost at the early age of seven.
    He was one of the most successful singer/songwriters and producers of all time.
    His latest album 'Dance with My Father' peak at number one on the billboard music charts.
    Four months after his coma, he recognized his own songs played on the radio and sometimes sang along (August 2003).
    He received the Black Entertainment walk of fame award in 2000.
    According to the 1997-1998 Chicago Bull year book, he is Ron Harper's favorite singer.

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