Luther (album)

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Studio album by Luther
Released June 1976 (U.S.)
Recorded 1975, 1976
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory
Genre soul, disco, funk
Length 37:27
Label Cotillion, Atlantic
Producer Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr.
Luther chronology
This Close to You

Luther is the debut album by American recording artist group Luther, released in May 1976.[1] The album features Luther Vandross and along with members Anthony Hinton, Diane Sumler, Theresa V. Reed, and Christine Wiltshire.

In the late '70s, R&B/pop legend, the-late Luther Vandross at that time was part of a singing quintet, consisting of former group Shades of Jade members Anthony Hinton and Diane Sumler, Theresa V. Reed, and Christine Wiltshire, also called Luther, signed to Cotillion Records. Although the singles "It's Good for the Soul", "Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)", and "The 2nd Time Around" were relatively successful, the self-titled Luther, didn't sell enough to make the charts. Vandross bought back the rights to the album after the record label dropped the group, preventing its later re-release.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)"   Luther Vandross 5:29
2. "The 2nd Time Around"   Vandross 6:25
3. "I'll Get Along Fine"   Vandross 4:07
4. "Everybody Rejoice"   Vandross 3:22
5. "Emotion Eyes"   Hubert Eaves III, Vandross 5:58
6. "This Strange Feeling"   Vandross 4:44
7. "It's Good for the Soul (Parts I & II)"   Vandross 8:42



  • Bass – George Murray
  • Drums – Andy Newmark, Daryl R. Brown
  • Guitar – Carlos Alomar
  • Keyboards – Nat Adderley, Jr.
  • Lead Vocals – Anthony Hinton, Luther Vandross
  • Percussion – Pablo Rosario
  • Arranged By – Paul Riser
  • Contractor [Strings & Horns] – Al Brown
  • Executive Producer – David Krevat
  • Producer, Written-By – Luther Vandross
  • Vocals – Anthony Hinton, Christine Wiltshire, G. Diane Sumler, Luther Vandross, Theresa V. Reed



Year Single Chart positions
1976 "It's Good for the Soul (Pt. 1)" 102 28
"Funky Music (Is a Part of Me)" (A-side) 34
"The 2nd Time Around" (B-side)


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