On this day in music history: August 12, 1981 - “Never Too Much”, the debut album by Luther Vandross is released. Produced by Luther Vandross, it is recorded at Media Sound Studios in New York City from Late 1980 - Early 1981. Following his recent success singing lead on the hits “The Glow Of Love” and “Searching” by Change, the highly successful commercial jingle and background singer will once again pursue his dream of solo stardom, which has eluded him for years. After trying and failing numerous times to secure a solo recording contract, Vandross will take another approach. He will self finance and produce his solo debut album, overseeing all aspects of its production himself. The singer will assemble a group of top notch New York studio musicians and vocalists (all having worked with Vandross previously) that include Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Nat Adderley, Jr., Bashiri Johnson, Cissy Houston, Tawatha Agee, Michelle Cobbs, Fonzi Thornton, and Norma Jean Wright. Epic Records executive Jerome Gasper (who has known Vandross since the early 70’s) will bring him to the attention of his boss, CBS Records R&B exec Larkin Arnold who will immediately sign the singer upon hearing the finished recording. The album will spin off three singles including “Don’t You Know That” (#10 R&B), “Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)” (#72 R&B) the title track (#1 R&B, #33 Pop). Though not released as a single, Vandross’ cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned classic (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1964), “A House Is Not A Home” is one of the albums’ centerpieces, becoming an airplay staple on R&B and Quiet Storm radio, as well as one of the dramatic highlights of his live concerts. The album will also earn Vandross two Grammy nominations including Best New Artist in 1982. ”Never Too Much” will hit number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, number nineteen on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.