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David Bowie (1995)

imagesWhen liver cancer killed David Bowie on January 10, 2016, he had made sure the world would be thinking about his art as well as his death.

Luther Vandross

“I love background vocals so much that I can’t breathe.”

June, 1995
By phone from Luther’s apartment in Manhattan

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The recent must-see documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” explores the plight of the great backup singers. Millions have heard their voices, but not their names. They ply their art in the shadows in near anonymity. Despite their talent, very few manage to make the leap to solo stardom.