Luther Vandross was watching Saturday Night Live when he caught a segment featuring pianist Eubie Blake and actor/dancer Gregory Hines. Hines sung a song called "I Got the Lowest of the Low Down Blues." Vandross was impressed and pleasantly surprised by his performance. After placing a few phone calls, the two first got together in Venice, CA, to iron out the details of the collaboration. Vandross and his band's synth player, John "Skip" Anderson, wrote a song called "There's Nothing Better Than Love." Deciding that it would be the song the duo would record as a duet, they began a somewhat laborious tracking process. Producer Vandross had to work with stage veteran Hines to tone down his over-expressive stage mannerisms. Vandross also had to stretch his vocal range to sing above Hines to get a two-part harmony sound since the both of them sang in the mid-tenor range. All the hard work paid off with "There's Nothing Better Than Love," co-produced by Marcus Miller; it went to number one R&B and number 50 pop in spring 1987. The track was included on Vandross' double-platinum number one R&B album Give Me the Reason. Continuing his recording career, Hines' solo Epic single, "That Girl Wants to Dance," made it to number six R&B in summer 1988.