Barrence Eugene Carter known as Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas September 12, 1944, Barry grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Barry went to jail for four months, for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires.
After Barry was released from jail he left the gang and started his music career. He had marginal success as a songwriter. Bobby Fuller rock singer recorded his songs and The Banana Splits TV bubblegum act. In 1963 he also did the arranging of “Harlem Shuffle” for Bob & Earl. Barry was producing a girl group he discovered in 1972, called Love Unlimited, that’s when he got his big break. His best friend and music industry businessman Larry Nunes financed his career. “Walking in the Rain (With The One I Love)”
Barry wrote and produced. Barry married the lead singer of Love Unlimited, Glodean James July 4, 1974. Barry had hits in the 70s which includes “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” in1973, “ “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” in 1973, I Belong To You” in 1974, “Love Theme” in 1974, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” in1974, “What Am I Gonna Do with You”
in 1975, “Let the Music Play” in 1976, “Is Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me” in 1977, “Your Sweetness is My Weakness” in 1978. I grew up listening to Barry and dancing to his music at the school dances and house parties. Barry’s Female fan considered handsome and deeply romantic. He was refer to as the “Maestro”, The Man with the Velvet Voice”, The Sultan of Smooth Soul” and the press called him the “Walrus of Love”. Barry career slowed down by the end of the disco era, but he had his followers.
In the 1994 his comeback album The Icon Is Love with the hit “Practice What You Preach”, was a hit Barry was back. Barry recorded with Tina Turner “In Your Wildest Dreams” in 1996. Barry’s album Staying Power won two Grammy awards in 1999. Barry’s music was often featured on the Ally McBeal show, he also appeared on the show twice. Barry was also a voice actor he was the voice of the Bear in the 1975 film Coonskin, he was featured on two episodes of The Simpson’s “Whacking Day” and “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Barry suffered from high blood pressure, which resulted in kidney failure in 2002. Barry suffer a stroke in May 2003, that is when he retired from public life. Barry passed away on July 4, 2003, from kidney failure on the day which would have been his and Glodean‘s 29th anniversary. Barry White made the ladies scream his name and the men a little jealous I‘m sure. I am truly glad I got to grow up listen to the Maestro’s of love songs