In 1985, Luther Vandross first spotted the talent of Jimmy Salvemini, 15 at the time, (pictured above) on "Star Search." He thought Salvemini had the perfect voice for some of his songs. He contacted Salvemini, who was managed by his brother Larry. A contract was negotiated with Elektra records for $250,000 and Luther agreed to produce the album. Luther even contacted old friends to appear on the album, Cheryl Lynn, Alfa Anderson (Chic), Phoebe Snow and Irene Cara.
After the album was completed, Luther, Jimmy and Larry decided to celebrate. They were riding in Luther's convertible Mercedes when Luther's car crossed the yellow lines of the two lane street and smashed into two vehicles. All three men were rushed to the hospital, Larry would die and Luther and Jimmy would survive. At first, the Salvemini family was supportive of Luther.
In 1986, Luther faced vehicular manslaughter charges related to Larry's death. Vandross would plead no contest to reckless driving and the Salvemini family would file a wrongful death suit. The case was quietly settled out of court for $700,000.
In light of the tragedy, the record label decided not to release the album.
Source: "Luther: The Life and Longing Of Luther Vandross."