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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