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Barry White
Birth name Barrence Eugene Carter
Also known as The Maestro[citation needed]
Born September 12, 1944(1944-09-12)
Galveston, Texas
Died July 4, 2003 (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California
Genre(s) Soul
Instrument(s) Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Voice type(s) Bass
Years active 1972–2003
Label(s) 20th Century
Mercury Records
Associated acts Love Unlimited
The Love Unlimited Orchestra

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A multiple Grammy Award-winner known for his deep bass voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the 1970s with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring hit soul and disco songs. Worldwide, White had many gold and platinum albums and singles, with combined sales of over 100 million, according to critics Ed Hogan and Wade Kergan.[1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A basso (or bass) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ... This article is about the musical composition. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ...



Early life and career

White was born in Galveston, Texas[2] and grew up in the high-crime areas of South Los Angeles, where he joined a gang at the age of 10. At 17, he was jailed for four months for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires. Galveston redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural portion lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ...

While in prison, White listened to Elvis Presley singing "It's Now or Never" on the radio, an experience he later credited with changing the course of his life.[3] After his release, he left gang life and began a musical career at the dawn of the 1960s in singing groups before going out on his own in the middle of the decade. The marginal success he had to that point was as a songwriter; his songs were recorded by rock singer Bobby Fuller and TV bubblegum act The Banana Splits. He was also responsible in 1963 for arranging "Harlem Shuffle" for Bob & Earl, which became a hit in the UK in 1969. Elvis redirects here. ... O sole mio is a globally famous Neapolitan song written in 1898. ... Bobby Fuller on the single cover of I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller (October 22, 1942 – July 18, 1966) was an American rock singer and guitar player best known for his classic I Fought the Law. // Born in Baytown, Texas, Robert Gaston Fuller spent most of his youth in El... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... The Banana Splits was a comedy variety television show in the United States during the 1960s starring several lifesize puppets. ... Harlem Shuffle (song) Harlem Shuffle (dance step) Categories: Disambiguation ... Bob and Earl were an American soul music singing duo in the 1960s, best known for recording the original version of Harlem Shuffle. ...


In 1969, he got his break backing up a girl group called Love Unlimited. Formed in imitation of the legendary Motown girl group The Supremes, the group members honed their talents with White for the next two years until they all signed contracts with 20th Century Records. White produced, wrote and arranged the classic soul ballad "Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)", which hit the Top 20 of the pop charts. The group would score more hits throughout the '70s and White eventually married the lead singer of the group, Glodean James. The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... For other uses, see Supremes (disambiguation). ... Glodean White is an R&B singer who was married to legendary performer Barry White. ...

While working on a few demos for a male singer, the record label suggested White step out in front of the microphone, to which he reluctantly agreed. His first solo chart hit, 1973's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby", rose to #1 R&B and #3 Pop. That same year, the Love Unlimited Orchestra's recording of White's composition "Love's Theme" reached #1 Pop in 1974, one of only two instrumental recordings ever to do so. Some regard "Love's Theme" as the first disco hit ever. Loves Theme is an instrumental piece performed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, which was conducted by Barry White in 1974. ... This article is about the music genre. ...

Other chart hits by White include "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" (1973), "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (1974), "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1974), "What Am I Gonna Do With You" (1975), "Let the Music Play" (1976), "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" (1977), "Your Sweetness is My Weakness" (1978), and "Change" (1982). Never, Never Gonna Give You Up is a song by Barry White. ...

Considered handsome and deeply romantic by his many female fans and admired for the unique blend of soul and classical orchestral musical elements he created, White was often affectionately referred to as the "Maestro" or "The Man with the Velvet Voice". His portly physical stature led some in the popular press to make condescending jokes about his weight by referring to White as the "Walrus of Love," a moniker considered disrespectful by many fans. Barry White was also referred to as "The Sultan of Smooth Soul," but it was his role as brainchild of the funk-fueled, deep soul band, the Love Unlimited Orchestra, in which he was widely branded on several early albums as the group's Maestro, earning him the only documented nickname for which he and his musical colleagues were responsible. Look up Maestro, maestro in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Although White's success on the pop charts slowed down as the disco era came to an end, he maintained a loyal following throughout his career. In the 1990s, he mounted an effective comeback with the albums The Icon Is Love (1994), whose biggest hit, "Practice What You Preach" reached the top of the charts, and Staying Power (1999), for which he won 2 Grammy Awards. His music was often featured on the sitcom Ally Mcbeal and he appeared on the show twice. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... For the character, see Ally McBeal (character). ...


White had been ill with chronically high blood pressure for some time, which resulted in kidney failure in the autumn of 2002. He suffered a stroke in May 2003, after which he was forced to retire from public life. On July 4, 2003, he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from renal failure.[1] White was cremated, and his ashes were scattered by his family off the California coast.[2] A sphygmomanometer, a device used for measuring arterial pressure. ... Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to function properly. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a hospital located in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Cremation is the practice of disposing of a corpse by burning. ...

On September 20, 2004, he was posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York.[3] The Dance Music Hall of Fame was created in 2004 by music industry veteran Daniel Glass to honor the creators and innovators of dance music. ...

Musical style

White's recordings featured a distinctive sound that combined orchestral instrumentation (string section, woodwinds, horns, harpsichords, etc.) with a steady drumbeat and as many as five electric guitars. His arrangements were influential on the emerging sound of disco music in the early 1970s. For other uses, see Orchestra (disambiguation). ... The string section of an orchestra is the section containing bowed string instruments. ... A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument in which sound is produced by blowing through a mouthpiece against an edge or by a vibrating reed, and in which the pitch is varied by opening or closing holes in the body of the instrument. ... Image of a trumpet, foreground, a piccolo trumpet behind, and a flugelhorn in background. ... Harpsichord in the Flemish style A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. ... Two different electric guitars. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ...

A distinctive feature of White's music was the steamy spoken introductions and interludes that appeared in many of his songs. Perhaps the most notorious of these appeared in the track "Love Serenade (Part 1)", from his 1975 album Just Another Way to Say I Love You:

Take it off Deb. . . Baby, take it all off . . . I want you the way you came into the world . . . I don't wanna feel no clothes . . . I don't wanna see no panties . . . Take off that brassiere, my dear . . . Everybody's gone . . . We're gonna take the receiver off the phone . . . because baby, you and me, heh . . . this night, we're gonna get it on . . .


Over the course of his career White occasionally did work as a voice actor. He voiced the character Bear in the 1975 film Coonskin (and also played the character Sampson in the movie's live-action segments). He was featured in several episodes of The Simpsons including "Whacking Day", in which he used his deep bass voice played through speakers placed on the ground to attract snakes. He also did the voice of a rabbit in a Good Seasons salad dressing mix commercial, singing a song called You Can't Bottle Love.[citation needed] White had been offered the chance to play the voice of Chef in the cartoon series South Park (who had been modeled after White), but declined; as a devout Christian, White was uncomfortable with South Park's often irreverent humor. The part was eventually played by Isaac Hayes. A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... The year 1975 in film involved some significant events. ... Coonskin is a 1975 film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi, about an African American rabbit, fox, and bear who rise to the top of the organized crime racket in Harlem, encountering corrupt law enforcement, con artists and the Mafia. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Whacking Day is the 20th episode of The Simpsons fourth season. ... Jerome Chef McElroy was a recurring character on the Comedy Central series South Park. ... This article is about the TV series. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. ...



Love Unlimited & Love Unlimited Orchestra

Title Release
From a Girl's Point of View We Give to You... Love Unlimited 1972
Under the Influence Of 1973
Rhapsody in White 1974
Together Brothers 1974
In Heat 1974
White Gold 1974
Music Maestro Please 1975
My Sweet Summer Suite 1976
He's All I've Got 1977
My Musical Bouquet 1978
Love Is Back 1979
Super Movie Themes - Just A Little Bit Different 1979
Let 'Em Dance 1981
Love Unlimited Orchestra Presents Mr. Webster Lewis: Welcome Aboard 1982
Rise 1983

Rhapsody in White was huge success for Love Unlimited Orchestra that rode along in the charts with Barry Whites single at the time of Im Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More Barrys Theme Rhapsody in White Midnight and You I Feel Love Coming On Baby...

Barry White

Title Release
U.S. albums peak U.S. R&B albums peak U.K. albums peak
I've Got So Much to Give 1973 16 1 -
Stone Gon' 20 1 18
Can't Get Enough 1974 1 1 4
Barry White's Greatest Hits 1975 23 15 11
Just Another Way to Say I Love You 17 1 12
Let the Music Play 1976 42 18 22
Is This Whatcha Wont? 125 25 -
Barry White's Greatest Hits Vol 2 1977 - - 17
Barry White Sings for Someone You Love 8 1 -
The Man 1978 36 1 46
The Message Is Love 1979 67 14 -
I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing 132 40 -
Sheet Music 1980 - - -
Barry & Glodean 1981 - 44 -
Beware! - 40 -
Change 1982 148 19 -
Dedicated 1983 - - -
Heart and Soul 1985 - - 34
The Right Night & Barry White 1987 159 28 74
The Collection 1988 - - 5
The Man Is Back! 1989 143 23 -
Put Me In Your Mix 1991 96 8 -
The Icon Is Love 1994 20 1 44
All-Time Greatest Hits 1994 - 70 -
The Ultimate Collection 1999 148 98 -
Staying Power 43 13 -
Best of Barry White: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection 2003 100 54 -
Love Songs - - 21
White Gold - The Very Best Of 2005 - - 37

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart was established by Billboard magazine in 1984. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... Stone Gon is a soul album by Barry White, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Cant Get Enough is soul legend Barry Whites third album. ... Let the Music Play is a 1976 album by Barry White. ... All-Time Greatest Hits is a compilation of Barry Whites finest songs. ... The Ultimate Collection is a retrospective 2-disc set of Barry Whites career, released in 1999. ...

Singles: US and UK chart placings

Love Unlimited

Title Release
U.S. singles peak U.K. singles peak
"Walkin' In the Rain With the One I Love" 1972 14 14
"It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring)" 1973 83 11
"Under the Influence Of Love" 1974 76 -
"Love's Theme" (as Love Unlimited Orchestra) 1 10
"Rhapsody in White" (as Love Unlimited Orchestra) 63 -
"Satin Soul" (as Love Unlimited Orchestra) 1975 22 -
"I Belong To You" 27 -
"If You Want Me, Say It" 1979 - -
"I'm So Glad That I'm A Woman" 1980 - -

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... British Hit Singles redirects here. ... Loves Theme is an instrumental piece performed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, which was conducted by Barry White in 1974. ...

Barry White

Title Release
U.S. singles peak U.S. R&B peak U.S. Club play peak U.K. singles peak
"I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" 1973 3 1 - 23
"I've Got So Much Love To Give" 32 5 - -
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" 1974 7 2 - 14
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See" 44 - - -
"Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" 1 1 - 8
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything" 2 1 2 1
"What Am I Gonna Do With You" 1975 8 1 - 5
"I'll Do For You Anything You Want Me To" 40 4 - 20
"Let the Music Play" 1976 32 4 - 9
"You See the Trouble with Me" - 14 - 2
"Baby, We Better Try To Get It Together" 92 29 - 15
"Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" - 20 - 17
"I'm Qualified To Satisfy You" 1977 - 25 30 37
"It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" 4 1 5 40
"Just the Way You Are" 1978 - 45 - 12
"Oh What a Night For Dancing" - 24 - 13
"Playing Your Game, Baby" - 8 - -
"Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" 60 - 16 -
"Sha La La Means I Love You" 1979 - - - 55
"Sho' You Right" 1987 - 17 - 14
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" (re-release) - - - 63
"For Your Love (I'll Do Most Anything)" - 27 - 94
"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)"
(Quincy Jones with Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Barry White)
1990 31 1 - 67
"All of Me" (Big Daddy Kane featuring Barry White) 1991 - 14 - -
"All Around the World" (Lisa Stansfield and Barry White)
(Released in UK as B-Side of Lisa Stansfield Single "Time to Make You Mine")
1992 - - - 14
"Dark and Lovely" (with Isaac Hayes) 29 - - -
"Practice What You Preach" 1994 18 1 - -
"Love Is The Icon" / "Practice With You Preach" (Double 'A'-Side) 1995 - - - 20
"I Only Want To Be With You" - - - 36
"Come On" 87 12 - -
"Slow Jams" (Quincy Jones featuring Babyface, Tamia, Portrait and Barry White) 1996 68 19 - -
"In Your Wildest Dreams" (with Tina Turner) 101 34 38 32
"Staying Power" 1999 - 45 - -
"Let the Music Play 2000" 2000 - - - 45

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... British Hit Singles redirects here. ... Never, Never Gonna Give You Up is a song by Barry White. ... Cant Get Enough Of Your Love is a song performed by Taylor Dayne. ... Youre the First, the Last, My Everything is a popular single by Barry White. ... You see the trouble with me was a hit single in 2000, credited to Black Legend. ... Just the Way You Are is a love song from Billy Joels 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... Al B. Sure!, as pictured on his Very Best Of album. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Eldra Patrick DeBarge (born June 4, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul falsetto singer, the focal point and lead singer of the DeBarge family group throughout the early 1980s. ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ... All Around the World is a song by Lisa Stansfield released in late 1989 for her album Affection. ... Lisa Jane Stansfield (born April 11, 1966), better known as Lisa Stansfield, is an English R&B and soul singer from the United Kingdom. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. ... Practice What You Preach is the title of a number-one R&B single by singer Barry White. ... Kenneth Babyface Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an R&B and pop singer, songwriter, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entreprenuer. ... Tamia Washington (born May 9, 1975), professionally known as Tamia, is an American R&B singer born in Canada. ... Portrait was a R&B group that emerged briefly in the early 1990s, consisting of a solid contemporary ensemble able to perform credibly in either vintage soul or modern new jack and urban styles. ... In Your Wildest Dreams is a duet released by Tina Turner and Barry White in 1996 and is the title track for Tinas album: Wildest Dreams, the singles largest success was in Austria where it peaked at #2. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ...

See also

Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... Gerald Levert (July 13, 1966 - November 10, 2006) was an American R&B singer, one of several from the musical Levert family. ...


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