Luther looks like he is purring on this album cover … get it Luther!
"Any Love" topped the R&B charts (actually, it was called the Hot Black Singles Chart back then — sounds like a bad dating site!) exactly 25 years ago today. The classic R&B ballad was written by Vandross and Marcus Miller and many interpreted the song to be a reflection of the crooner’s loneliness as it related to hiding his sexuality: “In my heart there’s a need to shout / Dyin’, screamin’, cryin’ let me out, hey / Are all those feelings that want to touch any love?”
Sadly, we lost Luther on July 1, 2005. I wonder what he would’ve thought of the changes in R&B music today. Plus, how more black celebrities are openly LGBT today — and if he would’ve joined the movement. Luther was a pioneer in a tumultuous time in pop music, which was stuck between archaic values and an upcoming revolution. Nonetheless, he was icon and arguably the last R&B love balladier — and I don’t mean sex, but love.