Little Known Black History Fact: Barry White

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The artist made several more albums and collaborated with Tina Turner and Chris Rock (Basketball Jones).

White had ventured into acting throughout his career. He did many voice overs, including Oldsmobile, Arbys Restaurants and with the Apple corporation for their first ibook. He lent his voice to several episodes of “The Simpsons.”

After suffering bouts of illness from diabetes and high blood pressure, Barry White died on July 4, 2003 from renal failure. His ashes were scattered off the California coast by his family.

Barry White made 106 gold albums, with 41 of them hitting platinum. He has been hailed as the pioneer of disco music. He was posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Today, he will receive his posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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