Never Too Much

Album: Never Too Much (1981)
Charted: 44 33
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Songfacts®:

  • "Never Too Much" is the kind of velvety love song Luther Vandross is famous for - he wrote it and produced it himself. In the song, Luther is obsessed with his lover; he can never get too much of this person. It's even affecting his job because he can't concentrate on work.

    Note that the gender of his love interest is never specified.
  • In the 1970s Luther Vandross had a very successful career as a background singer and advertising jingle vocalist. One of the artists he backed was Roberta Flack, and she encouraged him to start his own career, accusing him of getting "too comfortable" in his career as a backing singer. She believed he was an incredible talent who deserved to be heard. Encouraged, Vandross recorded demos for "Never Too Much" and "Sugar And Spice."
  • In 1980 Vandross became better known as the guest vocalist for the studio group Change with the hit songs "The Glow of Love" and "Searching." Around the same time, he took his solo demos to Larkin Arnold and Jerome Gasper, executives with Epic Records. Vandross immediately got a record deal to write and produce his own albums. "Never Too Much" became his first hit single, topping the R&B charts and two years later charting in the UK at #44. The Never Too Much album went on to sell over 2 million copies.
  • Vandross recorded this in New York City with top-tier session musicians. The lineup:

    Guitar: Georg Wadenius
    Bass: Marcus Miller
    Congas: Bashiri Johnson
    Drums: Buddy Williams
    Keyboards: Nat Adderley Jr.
    Percussion: Crusher Bennett
  • On April 20, 2021, Google put an animated Luther Vandross video of this song on their homepage as the Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday.

Comments: 2

  • Eric from Los Angeles, Nvgo 'head Luther....put it down in music....
  • Eugene from Minneapolis, MnI am not a Luther Vandross fan and never have been. Still I say Rest In Peace. You know just because I nessecarily dislike an artist does not automaticlly cause me to dislike some of his singles/songs. This single is one of best R&B songs of the 80s. It makes me wanna ghett down!!!
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