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Lost Luther Vandross Interview: Ali McGraw’s Death in ‘Love Story’ Penetrated Everything I Wrote

Where do we begin to tell the story of Luther Vandross‘ poignant 2001 interview—in which he revealed an unexpected source of musical inspiration?

DATELINE: Kingston, Jamaica. July 2001. Journalist Craig Seymour is side by side with Luther in Luther’s limo, en route to the Palace Theater, where the R&B legend—who’d pass away four years later, at age 54—was scheduled to perform.

CAPTION: "I'm never one to blantantly state what could be implied," said Luther (above).

"I'm never one to blatantly state what could be implied," said Luther (above).

On assignment for Vibe magazine at the time, Craig asks Luther what he thinks of the moniker “King of the Bedroom.”

“I can’t stand being strapped with that label. I hate it!” he snaps back.

“Are you a prude?” asks Craig, author of the 2008 memoir, All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C.

“I’m not a prude. I’m who I am,” says Luther, who won eight Grammy Awards and has Continue reading

Lost Janet Jackson Interview: I Had to Dump My First Beau—Because He Wasn’t Jehovah’s

“That’s the Way Love Goes,” Janet Jackson sang in 1993 at the still-tender age of 27.

But the inspiration for that Grammy-winning single may have come 12 years earlier when Jackson family values (and statutory law) forced the would-be diva to dump her first love.

CAPTION: "I thought he was 12," Janet (above) said of her twentysomething beau. "He looked like a baby."

"I thought he was 12," Janet (above) said of her twentysomething beau. "He looked like a baby."

This revelation—and many more—comes from an interview conducted in 2001 by BlogTalkRadio host Craig Seymour.

A Vibe scribe the time, Craig had been assigned to write the first of two cover stories about Janet for the magazine.

“I had to fly to Minneapolis, where she was recording an album with her longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis,” he says. “We had a lot to talk about, because she had been gone from the music scene for about four years, since 1997′s The Velvet Rope.

“And she was also Continue reading