Luther Vandross

Never Too Much

Composed by Luther Vandross

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You can never receive too much encouragement. Singer/songwriter/producer Luther Vandross knows this all too well. Having reached made a career breakthrough as an in-demand jingle singer and an A-list background vocalist having toured with the likes of David Bowie (arranging and singing vocals on his Young Americans LP), Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Chic, T. Life, Bionic Boogie, and others, two events helped to bring Vandross to the fore. While being overheard doing a sound check before a Roberta Flack concert, the singer was encouraged by Flack to take the plunge into doing lead vocals. The other was the success of his lead vocal stint on Change's "The Glow of Love" and "Searching." Radio DJs began introducing the tracks as "Luther Vandross with Change." Saving up his money he made a two-song demo and submitted it to CBS/Epic Records executives Larkin Arnold and Jerome Gasper. The songs were "Sugar and Spice," which sounded like George Benson's "Give Me the Night," and "Never Too Much." Vandross leaned more towards "Sugar and Spice," but when Arnold and Gasper heard "Never Too Much" they offered him a record deal. The song was written in pieces; first the title and then the chord progression, the repeated two-part harmony title hook, the "oh my love" riff, and the guitar part. The lyrics have an interesting chronological order and a fresh sense of imagery. "Never Too Much" parked at number two R&B for two weeks and peaked at number 33 pop in fall 1981. TheNever Too Much LP sold over two million copies, hitting number one R&B and number 19 pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Never Too Much 1981 BMG / Sony Music
The Best of Luther Vandross: The Best of Love 1989 Epic 3:52
The Greatest Love, Vol. 2 [Telstar] 1989
Various Artists
Telstar 3:51
No Image 1991 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Stardust Records 3:53
Greatest Voices [Dino] 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:49
Soul Desire, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Columbia
Classic Mellow Mastercuts, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Beechwood Music / Flute Distribution
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 3:52
An Evening of Songs 1994 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1994 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1995 A M W Music 3:49
Love Album [Virgin] 1995
Various Artists
Virgin 3:46
Greatest Hits 1981-1995 1996 Epic 3:52
The Number Ones: Silky Soul 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:52
Monster Hits 80-81 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:53
Hits of 1981 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:53
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:44
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Greatest Hits [1999] 1999 Epic 3:51
12" Dance Party Anthems 1999
Various Artists
Sequel 5:42
Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Platinum R&B Party 2000
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts.
Super Hits 2000 Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:44
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:49
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:53
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:00
Luther Vandross 2001 Sony Music Distribution
The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2001] 2001 Epic 3:50
Funky Collector No. 9 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:52
80's Soul Weekender 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:50
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:53
R&B Lovesongs 2002
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:41
Stop to Love 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:51
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Very Best of Love 2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 3: Emotion 98.3 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
'80s Groove Sessions 2002
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:51
Soul Love 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
The Essential Luther Vandross 2003 Sony Legacy / Sony Music 3:49
Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 2003 BMG / J Records / Sony Music Entertainment 4:02
Dance with My Father [UK CD] 2003 BMG International
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:48
From Luther with Love: The Videos 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Capital Gold Soul Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:46
The Collection: The Night I Fell in Love/Give Me the Reason/Power of Love 2004 Epic / Legacy 3:50
Artist Collection: Luther Vandross 2004 BMG 4:04
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Special Marketing 3:48
The Collection: Never Too Much/Forever, For Always, For Love/Busy Body 2005 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:49
Rock On: Breakout Years 2005 Madacy 3:51
World's Best Mum 2006
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Soul Legends [Madacy #2] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2006] 2006 J/Epic/Legacy 3:51
Body + Soul: Blue Lights in the Basement 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around [2 CD #2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
Magic the Album 2007 [2 CD] 2007
Various Artists
WMTV 3:51
No. 1 Disco Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:51
Massive 80's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:52
12" 80s Grooves 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:39
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:51
Love, Luther 2007 Legacy
Luther Vandross [Madacy] 2007 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Influences: Joss Stone 2007
Various Artists
One Eighty 3:52
Never Too Much/The Night I Fell in Love 2008 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:50
The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2008] 2008 Sony BMG / Sony Music
Disco Inferno [Cloud 9] 2008
Various Artists
Various Tunes 3:44
All the Hits 2008 Hudson Street
Ultimate Collection: Soul 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:45
80's Soul 2008
Various Artists
Col / Sony BMG 5:41
Dance Classics Top 50 2008
Various Artists
Various Tunes 5:39
Collections 2008 Sony BMG 3:52
Gold: Greatest Hits of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
sbc / Sony Music Entertainment 3:50
Ultimate Collection 2008 Immortal
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 3:42
R&B Love Songs 2009 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:51
Lovesongs 2009 Sony Music 3:50
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:53
Feel Good 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
100 Hits: 80s Dance 2009
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:48
The Music of Luther Vandross 2009 Epic / J Records / Legacy / Epic/J/Legacy 5:41
R&B Anthems: 1979 -2009 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
The Best Year of My Life: 1983 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever!, Vol. 4 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI 3:49
Original Album Classics 2010 Epic 3:50
Rewind Old Skool Classics 2010
Various Artists
UMTV / Universal Music 3:35
Ministry of Sound: 80s Groove -- Old Skool Funk Soul Classics 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:50
Forever Friends: Mum in a Million 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Funky Grooves 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:46
Loose Women: Girls' Night Out 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:51
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI TV / Source Interlink / Virgin 3:50
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:48
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 3:50
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:46
Think Like a Man [Music from and Inspired by the Film] 2012
Original Soundtrack
Epic 3:50
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
We Love the Nightlife: Shake Your Booty 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:48
All Time Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Générations Funk 2013
Various Artists
EMI 3:41
Magic Summertime 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
Heart 80s Club Classics 2013
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:50
Pure... '80s Soul Grooves 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:45
Now That's What I Call 80s Dance 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 3:49
100 Hits: 80s Weekender 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:46
The Party Mix: Classic Soul 2013
Various Artists
Crimson 3:51
It Had to Be You: The Ultimate Love Songs 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Pure... Pop Anthems 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:45
Original Soul Classics 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:49
100 Hits: Funk 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:47
Magic: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
The  Nation's Favourite Running Songs 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music
Smooth Grooves [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:39
Twelve Inch Eighties: Let's Groove 2016
Various Artists
Crimson 5:41
'80s Summer Album 2016
Various Artists
Crimson 3:50
100 Hits: Party Anthems 2016
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
Barbershop: The Next Cut [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:51
100 Hits 80s Dance [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Soul [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 R&B Classics: Original Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK
100 Tubes Soul, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Warner Music
1983: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 3:50
Always & Forever
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:51
Classic Soul Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 3:50
No Image
Various Artists
3:50
Forever Friends: Always and Forever
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:51
Funk the Disco
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Now That's What I Call 20th Century
Various Artists
Now 3:48
Now That's What I Call a Singer
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
Pure... Disco/Funk
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Same Sound
Various Artists
5:46
Sexual Healing [EMI]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The '80s [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
The Nation's Favourite Soul
Various Artists
Rhino
Tony Blackburn: Soul Classics
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:48
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
Ultimate... 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:53
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:53
We Call It 80's: 100 Songs To Remember
Various Artists
Fresca / Smith & Co. 3:45
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