For almost 25 years, from 1981 to 2005, Luther dominated the American R&B music charts like no other artist before or since. In that span Luther released eight #1 R&B albums, seven #1 R&B singles and another five Top 20 R&B singles. He achieved crossover status with eight Billboard Top 10 albums, including reaching #1 with 2003’s Dance With My Father; and another five Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles.
From 1981 to 1996, Luther Vandross released 11 consecutive platinum/double platinum albums on CBS/Sony’s Epic Records label; and at the time of his passing in 2005, 13 of Luther’s 14 studio albums had gone Platinum or multi-platinum.
Luther’s success was not confined to the United States, with record sales of over 40 million worldwide since 1981, including four Top 10 UK albums (one #1). In March 1989, Luther Vandross was the first male artist to sell out 10 consecutive live shows at London’s Wembley Arena.
Overall, Luther received 31 Grammy Award nominations, winning eight times. Additionally, Luther won eight American Music Awards, including Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist seven times.
In 1986, Luther released the single “I Really Didn’t Mean It” from the album “Give Me The Reason”, the track was written and produced by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller with 12″ remixes by Bruce Miller and Marcus Miller, edited by Freddy Bastone.
I Really Didn’t Mean It (12″ Mix) 6:35
I Really Didn’t Mean It (7″ Mix) 3:59
I Really Didn’t Mean It (Dub Mix) 6:00
I Really Didn’t Mean It (A Cappella Mix) 5:22