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Had he not passed away in 2005, today would have been R&B legend Luther Vandross’ 61st birthday. While many have been remembering the singer on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, I’ve been trying to distill my favorite ‘Big Luther’ songs down to my favorites.

My first memories of Vandross came from my aunt, who was the ultimate Luther fan and seemed to be playing his tapes every time I saw her. She’d sing along, reminisce about how crazy love can be, and lose herself between the velvet folds of Vandross’ voice. Even at such a young age I knew Luther was special, and while I came of age in the era of hip-hop, Luther and his music kept a special place in my life.

From House is Not a Home and Don’t You Know That, to Never Too Much and Power of Love, Luther’s voice, his catalog of songs, and the legacy he left behind will never be forgotten.

Check out one of my favorite Luther Vandross songs…what tops your “Best of Luther” list? 

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