Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Birthday: Lionel Hampton & Luther Vandross

The "Father of the Vibes", Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was a jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players and ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.


Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an R&B and soul singer-songwriter, and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance with My Father", co-written with Richard Marx.

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