This was the biggest solo hit for Vandross - his duet with Mariah Carey, "Endless Love, hit #2 in the US. He wrote it with producers Teddy Vann and Marcus Miller.
Like many of Luther's songs, this is a seductive tune about the obsessive kind of love that makes you block out everything but the person you are with. While Vandross was known for these baby-making songs, after his death in 2005 Out magazine reported that the singer was gay, but stayed in the closet to benefit his career.
Several hit songs of the '80s and '90s used the title "Power Of Love." By adding "Love Power" to the title, it helped differentiate this song, which helps sort out royalty payments.
Backing vocalists on this song include Cissy Houston, Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer.
Eugene from Minneapolis, MnBy the way Luther Vandross decided to add "Love Power" to this classic medley. The song was originally recorded by the 1960s R&B group called The SandPebbles in 1967. They took that one to #14 R&B and #22 Pop.
Phil from Vancouver, Wa0
Eugene from Minneapolis, MnSorry to bust your bubbles, but the brother was gay and that's OK. He was loved by many regardless. There were a couple people who have known him for a while have stepped up and said that it was true and he wanted to conceal this for the sake of his career, really. I mean can you really blame the guy?
Sara from Silver Spring, MdLuther was not gay IMO ha had many female admirers and so many women worshipped him. On a tribute album Donna Summer had sung it.
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) " borrows four bars from Notorious B.I.G's "The World Is Filled." Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls attended Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York at the same time.