Barry Eugene Carter, better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer and songwriter. He was born on September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas, and passed away on July 4, 2003.
Barry White was known for his seductive, romantic ballads, such as "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and "You're the First, the Last, My Everything."
His music often featured lush orchestration and a distinctive musical arrangement that was labeled as "symphonic soul."
He rose to fame in the 1970s as a solo artist and as the leader of the Love Unlimited Orchestra.
White was a two-time Grammy Award winner known for his bass 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: “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and "You’re the First, the Last, My Everything".
White recorded 20 studio albums during the course of his career, but multiple versions and compilifications were released worldwide that were certified gold, 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.
Barry White's distinctive voice and style made him a significant influence on the genre of soul and R&B music. His work earned him several Grammy Awards, and he is remembered as one of the iconic figures in the history of soul music.
His influences included James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. You can listen to some of his greatest hits on this YouTube playlist.
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