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Kelly Clarkson's Version of Luther Vandross' Iconic 1981 Debut is Like Honey

Clarkson and her band were clearly having a blast performing the hit song. 

By Jackie Manno

On The Kelly Clarkson Show on December 5, Kelly Clarkson covered one of the most memorable R&B songs from the '80s: "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross. 

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During her performance, Clarkson sang with soul to the groovy beat, and wrapped things up with a silky smooth riff.  

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What to know about "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross

"Never Too Much" was Vandross' first single as a solo artist, and was released in 1981 off of his debut album of the same name. It reached the number 33 position on the Billboard Hot 100, and in 2021, Rolling Stone placed in on the 466th position on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. 

“Never Too Much [is] one of the most buoyant love songs of the Eighties, with Vandross’ high notes as delicate as soap bubbles," the outlet wrote. 

A split of Kelly Clarkson and Luther Vandross

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The lyrics to "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross

I can't fool myself, I don't want nobody else to ever love me
You are my shinin' star, my guiding light, my love fantasy
There's not a minute, hour, day or night that I don't love you
You're at the top of my list 'cause I'm always thinkin' of you

I still remember in the days when I was scared to touch you
How I spent my day dreamin' plannin' how to say I love you
You must have known that I had feelings deep enough to swim in
That's when you opened up your heart and you told me to come in

Oh, my love
A thousand kisses from you is never too much
I just don't wanna stop
Oh, my love
A million days in your arms is never too much
I just don't wanna stop
Too much, never too much, never too much, never too much

Woke up today, looked at your picture just to get me started
I called you up, but you weren't there and I was broken hearted
Hung up the phone, can't be too late, the boss is so demandin'
Opened the door up and to my surprise, there you were standin'

Well, who needs to go to work to hustle for another dollar
I'd rather be with you 'cause you make my heart scream and holler
Love is a gamble and I'm so glad that I'm winnin'
We've come a long way and yet this is only the beginnin'

Oh, my love
A thousand kisses from you is never too much
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
I just don't wanna stop
Oh, my love
A million days in your arms is never too much
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
And I just don't wanna stop

Oh, my love
A thousand kisses from you is never
(Never too much, never too much, never too much)
I just don't wanna stop
Oh, my love
A million days in your arms is never too much