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.