Never Too Much

Never Too Much
"Never Too Much"
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Never Too Much
B-side "You Stopped Loving Me"
Released July 21, 1981
Genre Soul
Length 3:50
Label Epic
Writer(s) Luther Vandross
Producer Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"Never Too Much"
"Don't You Know That"

"Never Too Much" is a song by the late R&B singer/songwriter Luther Vandross. The song was released in 1981, as the title track of the album of the same name. The title track hit number one on the soul singles chart and peaked at number thirty-three on the Hot 100.[1] "Never Too Much" also peaked at number four on the dance charts.[2]

The album (Vandross's first as a solo artist) was popular, although it failed to sell in large numbers initially. Sales were boosted by his other chart successes and, eventually, by his death.[citation needed] A remixed version of the song reached #13 on the UK singles chart in October 1989.

The single is also included on his later album Luther Vandross - The Ultimate, which was released in 2001. The single was released alongside a music video in which he is shown singing in a recording studio.

The song was used in the soundtrack for the Rockstar Games title, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station Emotion 98.3.

The first minute of this song is used in the WKRP In Cincinnati episode "Fire" from Season 4, until it is unceremoniously cut off by Les Nessman when he reports that the Flimm Building is on fire.

Cover versions

In 1996, guitarist Craig T. Cooper covered the song for his album Romantic Letter.[3] In 1997, contemporary jazz guitarist Richard Smith recorded a take on the album First Kiss.[4] In 2004, urban jazz guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. recorded a cover for the Vandross tribute album, Forever, For Always, For Luther.[5][6] In 2005, it was covered by Mary J. Blige for another Vandross tribute album entitled So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross.[7]

Track listings

US 1981 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" – 3:50
  2. "You Stopped Loving Me" – 4:59
UK 1981 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" – 3:50
  2. "Don't You Know That?" – 4:04
UK 1981 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Extended Version) – 5:38
  2. "Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)" – 4:57
  3. "Don't You Know That?" – 4:04
UK 1989 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Remix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 4:02
  2. "The Glow of Love" – 6:10
UK 1989 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Extended Remix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 6:42
  2. "Never Too Much" (Original Remix '81 a.k.a. Extended Version) – 5:38
  3. "The Glow of Love" – 6:10
UK 1989 alternate 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Ben Liebrand Mix) – 7:30
  2. "Never Too Much" (Alternate Vocal Mix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 6:49
  3. "Never Too Much" (Original 7" Version) – 3:50


Preceded by
"When She Was My Girl" by The Four Tops
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
October 24 - October 31, 1981
Succeeded by
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine" (Part 1) by Roger

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