Google honored Luther Vandross yesterday with a doodle on their homepage for what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday. Atlanta-based guest artist and animator Sam Bass collaborated with Google on the project that was set to Vandross’s first no. 1 hit “Never Too Much.” The Vandross family released a statement about the doodle:
“It is a true reflection of Luther Vandross’s musical legacy around the world to be honored by Google with an animated video Doodle that fittingly captures the joy Luther has brought the world. Luther made each of his songs about one simple, universal subject-love; an emotion and feeling common to the human experience no matter who you are, where you’re from or what you look like.No one else has expressed this emotion, in song, at the level Luther did for over 35 years. To have Google broadcast that around the world is a wonderful showcase of his immeasurable talent.” Watch the doodle below.