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The Maestro Of Love | The Barry White Story
Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer.
A two-time Grammy Award–winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, his greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits: “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe“.
During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 112 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million records, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His influences included James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye.
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After his release from jail, White left gang life and began a musical career at the beginning of the 1960s in singing groups. He first released “Too Far to Turn Around” in 1960 as part of The Upfronts before working for various small independent labels in Los Angeles. He also recorded several singles under his own name in the early 1960s, backed by vocal groups the Atlantics (for the Rampart and Faro labels) and the Majestics (for the Linda and Jordan labels). White had no involvement with Bob & Earl‘s 1963 hit single “Harlem Shuffle“, a song he has sometimes been credited with producing; in his 1999 autobiography, White confirmed the song had been produced by Gene Page, who had worked with him on many of White’s 1970s successes.
In 1965, White produced “Feel Aw RIght” by the Bel Canto’s, released on the Downey label. He recorded his debut single, “Man Ain’t Nothin'” / “I Don’t Need It, released under the name Lee Barry on Downey in 1966. He also co-wrote “Together Forever,” released by Pat Powdrill & the Powerdrills in 1967.
Bob Keane of Del-Fi Records hired him as an A&R man in the mid-1960s, and White started working with the label’s artists, including Viola Wills and The Bobby Fuller Four, as a songwriter, session musician, and arranger. He discovered singer Felice Taylor and arranged her song “I Feel Love Comin’ On” co-written with his friend Paul Politi. It became a big hit in the UK. Other charting hits written by White and Politi for her included “It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It’s Spring)” and “Under the Influence of Love“. White also wrote “Doin’ the Banana Split” for TV bubblegum act The Banana Splits in 1968.
In 1969, White was signed by Forward Records of Los Angeles, a division of Transcontinental Entertainment Corporation, as a producer.
1970s as producer
In 1972, White got his big break producing a girl group he had discovered called Love Unlimited. Formed in imitative style of the Motown girl group The Supremes, the group members had gradually honed their talents with White for two years previously until they signed contracts with Uni Records. His friend Paul Politi hooked him up with music industry businessman Larry Nunes, who helped to finance their album. After it was recorded, Nunes took the recording to Russ Regan, who was the head of the Uni label owned by MCA. The album, 1972’s From A Girl’s Point of View We Give to You… Love Unlimited, became the first of White’s string of long-titled albums and singles.
White produced, wrote and arranged their classic soul ballad “Walkin’ in the Rain with the One I Love“, which climbed to No. 14 in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart and No. 6 on the Billboard R&B chart in late 1972. It became White’s first million selling single as a writer and producer. This single also reached No. 12 in the UK chart. White’s voice can clearly be heard in this piece as he plays the lover who answers the phone call of the female lead.
Soon after, Regan left Uni for 20th Century Records. Without Regan, White’s relationship with Uni soured. With his relationship with Uni over and Love Unlimited contract-bound with the label, White was able to switch both his production deal and the group to 20th Century Records. They recorded several other hits throughout the 1970s, “I Belong to You”, which spent over five months on the Billboard R&B chart in 1974 including a week at No. 1 and “Under the Influence of Love Unlimited”, which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Pop album charts. White married the lead singer of the group, Glodean James, on July 4, 1974.
The Love Unlimited Orchestra
In 1973, White created The Love Unlimited Orchestra, a 40-piece orchestral group to be used originally as a backing band for the girl-group Love Unlimited. However, White had other plans, and in 1973 he released a single with “Love’s Theme” (written by him and played by the Orchestra). That same track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop charts. Later, in 1974, he made the first album of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Rhapsody in White, containing “Love’s Theme”. White is sometimes credited with ushering in the “disco” sound, seamlessly combining R&B music with classical music. Some also regard “Love’s Theme” as the first hit in the actual “disco era“.
White would continue to make albums with the Orchestra, achieving some successes such as: “Rhapsody in White”; “Satin Soul”; “Forever in Love”; “Midnight Groove”; “My Sweet Summer Suite“, Remake of “Theme From King Kong”. The Orchestra ceased to make albums in 1983, but continued to support White as a backing band.
1970s solo career
White wanted to work with another act but decided to work with a solo male artist. While working on a few demos for a male singer, he made three song demos of himself singing and playing, but Nunes heard them and insisted that he re-record and release them himself as a solo recording artist. After arguing for days about it, White was finally persuaded to release the songs himself, although he was initially reluctant to step out behind the microphone.
He then wrote several other songs and recorded them for what eventually became an entire album of music. He was going to use the name “White Heat,” but decided on using his given name instead. White was still hesitating up to the time the label copy was made. It eventually became White’s first solo album, 1973’s I’ve Got So Much to Give. It included the title track and his first solo chart hit, “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby“, which also rose to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts as well as No. 3 on the Billboard Pop charts in 1973 and stayed in the top 40 for many weeks.
Other chart hits by White included “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” (No. 2 R&B, No. 7 Pop in 1973), “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (No. 1 Pop and R&B in 1974), “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (No. 1 R&B, No. 2 Pop in 1974), “What Am I Gonna Do with You” (No. 1 R&B, No. 8 Pop in 1975), “Let the Music Play” (No. 4 R&B in 1976), “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me” (No. 1 R&B, No. 4 Pop in 1977) and “Your Sweetness Is My Weakness” (No. 2 R&B in 1978) and others. White also had a strong following in the UK, where he scored five Top 10 hits and a No. 1 for “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”.
After six years White left 20th Century in 1979 to launch his own label, Unlimited Gold, with CBS/Columbia Records.
Although his success on the pop charts slowed down as the disco era came to an end, he maintained a loyal following throughout his career. Despite several albums over the next three years, he failed to repeat his earlier successes, with no singles managing to reach the Billboard Hot 100, except for 1982’s “Change,” climbing into the Billboard R&B Top 20 (No. 12). His label venture was exacting a heavy financial cost on White, so he concentrated on mostly touring and finally folded his label in 1983.
In 1989 he released The Man Is Back! and with it had three top 40 singles on the Billboard R&B charts: “Super Lover”, which made it to No. 34, “I Wanna Do It Good to Ya”, which made it to No. 26, and “When Will I See You Again”, which made it to No. 32.
Barry White – My First My Last My Everything
Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby
Barry White – Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up
Barry White – Live at Flanders Expo, Belgium
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