Luther Ronzoni Vandross was born on April 20, 1951 to Luther and Mary Ida Vandross. He was the youngest of the four Vandross children.
This entire nuclear family is now deceased.
He is easily recognized as the premiere R&B vocalist of our time. He attended Taft High School but cut short his formal education at the Western Michigan University to answer his musical calling. He was studying Engineering.
As a teenager, he worked with the musical theatre workshop, Listen My Brother. The workshop was affiliated with Harlem's Apollo Theatre.
It was at this workshop he met lifetime friends and colleagues Nat Adderly Jr (who later became his band director), Carlos Alomar, and Robin Clark.More