Luther Vandross

Never Too Much

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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 Epic 3:50
The Best of Luther Vandross: The Best of Love 1989 Epic 3:52
No Image 1991 Sony Music Distribution 0:00
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Stardust Records 3:53
Greatest Voices [Dino] 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:49
Midnight Soul [MCI] 1994
Various Artists
MCI 3:52
No Image 1995 A M W Music 3:49
The Number Ones: Silky Soul 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:52
Monster 81 Hits 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:53
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
R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Greatest Hits [1999] 1999 Epic 3:51
Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Platinum R&B Party 2000
Various Artists
Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Sony Music Distribution 3:48
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
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
A Year in Your Life: 1981, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:48
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:53
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:53
R&B Lovesongs [Sony] 2002
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:41
Stop to Love 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:51
The Very Best of Love 2002 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Box Set 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
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 Legacy / Epic 3:50
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:48
From Luther with Love: The Videos 2004 Sony Music Distribution 0:00
The Collection: The Night I Fell in Love/Give Me the Reason/Power of Love 2004 Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Complete 80's Soul Weekender 2005
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:48
The Collection: Never Too Much/Forever, For Always, For Love/Busy Body 2005 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Rock On: Breakout Years 2005 Madacy 3:51
Soul Legends [Madacy #2] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2006] 2006 J / Epic / Legacy 3:51
Love, Luther 2007 Legacy 0:00
Luther Vandross [Madacy] 2007 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Never Too Much/The Night I Fell in Love 2008 Legacy / Epic 3:50
Disco Inferno [Cloud 9] 2008
Various Artists
Various Tunes 3:44
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:53
100 Hits: 80s Dance 2009
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:48
Essential 80s: Classic Eighties 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:51
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
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / 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
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
We Love the Nightlife: Shake Your Booty 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
100 Hits: The Best Eighties Album
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:50
80s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 3:49
Mum Songs
Various Artists
Crimson 3:50
The Classic R&B Collection [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50