J Skillz EntertainmentAs Johnny Gill prepares to bring in the new year Tuesday night, he’ll never forget passing out at his own New Year’s Eve party — and his good friend, the late Luther Vandross, teasing him about missing the grand celebration at midnight.
Johnny and Luther were close friends, in which Luther would often call Gill for advice about which songs he should release as singles. Johnny remembers one year he had a big New Year’s Eve bash at his house, which Vandross was among the guests. But then Gill fell asleep early at the party and he recalls how Luther playfully reminded him that he missed all the fun.
“I forgot to eat and I was drinking wine, drinking wine, drinking wine, drinking wine, drinking wine. At some point I think I just passed out,” Johnny recalls to ABC Audio.
“I checked out before the New Year’s even came in. So Luther’s there. Everybody’s there. The band’s playing. Everybody’s playing and having a good time and he called me the next morning. He goes, ‘Hey,’ I go ‘Yo.’ He goes, ‘Boy what a helluva of a party.’ He said, ‘You should have been there!'”
Vandross died from a heart attack in 2005 at age 54. Gills pays tribute to the eight-time Grammy winner with the song “That’s My Baby” on his latest album, Game Changer 2.
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