Gregory Hines / Luther Vandross

There's Nothing Better Than Love

Composed by Luther Vandross / Skip Anderson

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Give Me the Reason 1986 Epic / Legacy 4:42
Midnight Love 1991
Various Artists
Stylus Records 4:42
Together Forever: 19 of the Most Beautiful Duets 1991
Various Artists
Arcade Music 4:36
Between the Sheets, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts.
Forever Soul, Vol. 2 [Sony #2] 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
It Takes Two [Columbia] 1996
Various Artists
Columbia/Global/Sony TV
Greatest Hits [1999] 1999 Epic 4:42
The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2001] 2001 Epic 4:17
The Essential Luther Vandross 2003 Sony Legacy / Sony Music 4:43
From Luther with Love: The Videos 2004 Sony Music Distribution
The Collection: The Night I Fell in Love/Give Me the Reason/Power of Love 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:42
Love, Luther 2007 Sony Music
Ultimate Collection 2008 Immortal
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