Today is the birthday of the late singer Barry White, a.k.a. “The Maestro.” The Galveston, Texas native is known for his hit songs “You’re the First, My Last, My Everything,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” & “Never Never Gonna Give You Up.” White, (who was born Barry Eugene Carter) grew up around gangs and poverty in South Central L.A. He did time for theft as a kid. He heard the song “It’s Now or Never” by Elvis Presley while in jail and decided to change his course in life.
White didn’t start off as a recording artist. He was a behind-the-scenes music rep, signing artists to various music labels in the 1960’s. He signed a group named Love Unlimited, then produced and arranged their hit “Walking in the Rain (With the One I Love).” White would also marry a member of the group named Glodean James.
In 1973, White embarked upon his own solo career at the urging of businessman Larry Nunes. That year he recorded “I’ve Got So Much to Give” with the hit song “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts as well as #3 on the Billboard Pop charts. White decided to build The Love Unlimited Orchestra, a 40-piece orchestral group that would serve as the background instrumental for his album, Love’s Theme.
In 1978, White teamed with CBS/Columbia Records to buld his own label, Unlimited Gold. Unfortunately, the label took a financial toll on White within10 years. He signed with A&M Records in 1987. It was with A&M that he developed the song “Sho’ You Right,” a phrase that would become his legacy among fans.
White’s career stagnated with his songs reaching the mid 20’s on the Billboard charts until he teamed with Quincy Jones in 1990. He sang a part on the song “Secret Garden” that reminded fans of his soulful and deep sultry sound.
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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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/7-10/14)
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1. Nite | to the tune of @cnn 😞
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2. Got so much work to do but I just wanna stay in bed and binge watch #Gameofthrones and start the new season of #OnceUponATime. I know I can't be the only one. Right? Ha 💤🦁🍂 #saturday
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3. Mommy's weekend turn up ❤️👶🏾💕🍼 Wouldn't trade it for nothing. #TeamNoSleep lol #HesMyBiggestBlessing ✨
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4. One of them oh shit mont we made it feelings … this shit still be unreal 💯💪🏾 @remyboymonty1738
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5. Tickets Available October 14 @ticketmaster.
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6. People magazine Home edition has raided my house! Get a sneak peek into the bedroom life of the Leakes and see other parts of my home now at PEOPLE.COM
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7. They want to kick you when you down, but kick it when you up
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8. Got my advance copy of #Mafia3 at @gamestop. Get yours via link in the bio #Mafia3 #Ad
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9. This is some of the cast and our diverse team of writers in the writer's room creating funny sh*t for @nbcmarlon what a fun room! Lots of jokes, great stories and having a great time doing what we love... making people laugh and feel something. Look out for our show next year @nbcmarlon we bringing sitcoms back to NBC
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10. #HappySunday☀️Thank you @4everbrandy101 💛💡💛
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11. Happy to be back in Central Falls, RI breaking ground for the One Stop Health Center and hosting a local community event with #Vaseline.
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12. Thank you all in advance 💋💋💋 #Repost @urbansvintage・・・#TarajiPHenson's memoir #AroundTheWayGirl will be available everywhere TODAY October 11th! Will you be purchasing a copy? #UrbansVintage
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13. Moms got my back
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14. @galore dinner party glo ✨ thanks to @styledbygiigii
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15. 🌹#ThisIsWhatTheTruthFeelsLikeTOUR #forevereve
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16. Yes, all those videos I've been posting have led to this: the introduction of skincare to @TYRABeauty! This is the rundown on the new line:Years of research and beauty tips I live by led me to produce the most effective and delightful skincare out there. I'm all about taking really good care of my skin, so I can look like I'm aging in #TyraYears and go filter free on Instagram when I feel like it! Now, it's your turn. ✨My Mama always told me not to wash my face with just my hands. "Tyra, girl, you're just moving the dirt around!" And I've listened. First up is The Clean Machine.... ...a 3-in-1 foaming face wash that cleanses, removes makeup and purified your skin. It has patented technology - a attached Turbo Cleansing Tool - to give you that deep clean that makes your skin feel super fresh. Wanna know more? Yeah, baby. Click that link in my bio.
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17. On set of #beingmaryjane like... ❤️😬💃🏾
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18. #carouselofhope@yvetteshelton100@makeupbylatrice @thestacetheface@marialuciahohan24
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19. I refuse to let a little cold stop me from my daily routines to greatness. #onlythestrongsurvive #warriors
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20. Big things begin with big THINKING... #BusinessEthics #SetLife 🎥
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21. Goodnight - here's a song
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22. Words can't explain the feeling that I have right now.....God is good. look momma I made it. #Harts #Blessed #WhatNow #comedicrockstarshit #4DaysAway
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23. I tried to get a better video with out the nasty bib but she started getting mad at me..lol! Big cuz @the_queen_caitlin trying to show her what to do. #MamasToots #HeirBear👑💜
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24. Gorgeous Serena joined Beyoncé in Formation last night on stage in New Jersey!!!
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25. 😜 @lifeofdesiigner & @rockohill
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