Singer Luther Vandross Suffers Stroke By REUTERS LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer/songwriter Luther Vandross, known as ``The Love Doctor'' for sultry, romantic hits like ``Here and Now,'' has suffered a stroke, his record label said on Thursday. J Records, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, issued a statement saying the New York-born Vandross was undergoing medical treatment after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. ``Vandross is under medical care and his family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery,'' Carmen Romano, Luther Vandross' business manager, said in the statement. Vandross, a five-time Grammy winner who turns 52 on Sunday, is considered by music critics to be one of the most successful singer/songwriters and producers of R&B music of the 1980s. His first break in show business was in 1972 when his composition ``Everybody Rejoice (A Brand New Day)'' was included in the hit Broadway musical ``The Wiz.'' Two years later, David Bowie asked Vandross to arrange and sing backgrounds on his ``Young Americans'' album, which also included the Vandross song ``Fascination.'' Vandross also toured with Bette Midler as a back-up vocalist. In 1981, he signed with Sony Corp's Epic label and released his debut album, ``Never Too Much,'' which topped the R&B charts and sold two million copies. Vandross produced several million-unit selling albums throughout the 1980s, including ``Busy Body'' in 1983 and ``The Night I Fell in Love'' in 1985. The gifted tenor finally crossed over into pop success in 1989, when Epic released ``The Best of Luther Vandross...The Best of Love,'' a greatest-hits album containing the new track ``Here and Now.'' That song became Vandross' first Top Ten pop hit and something of a classic wedding ballad. During an interview with Reuters in 1996, Vandross said he got mad when people referred to him as the ``Love Doctor.'' ``I've never once sung about making love. I don't do it. I sing about being in love,'' he told Reuters. ``I want to be remembered as one of the premier singers of our time, not as the 'Love Doctor' or the 'Master of Bedroom Music,''' he said during the interview.