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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 12 September 1944Galveston, Texas, USA
Date of Death 4 July 2003Los Angeles, California, USA  (kidney failure and hypertension)
Birth NameBarrence Eugene Carter
Nicknames The Maestro
The Walrus of Love
Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barry White first made his mark in the music business in the 1960s as a session musician, even serving for a spell as an A&R man for a small, independent Los Angeles record label. He first hit it big in 1973 with a series of albums and singles emphasizing lush orchestrations and elaborate production values, over which he laid down his big bass voice. In 1973 and 1974 alone, he sold US$16 million worth of records--not only on his own but also as the conductor and composer of instrumental records (as the Love Unlimited Orchestra) and as the primary producer and songwriter of the female vocal trio Love Unlimited (one of whom, Glodean White, became his second wife). 1974 was a prolific year for White, during which he composed the score of Together Brothers (1974) and acted in Coonskin (1975).

After a particularly pronounced fallow period in the 1980s, he rebounded in the 1990s with a series of critically and commercially acclaimed records and he beefed up his presence on TV somewhat with a famous guest appearance on The Simpsons (1989), a recurring role on Ally McBeal (1997), and a series of commercials in which he parodied his image and persona.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: W.B.

Spouse (2)

Glodean White (4 July 1974 - 4 July 2003) (his death) (1 child)
Betty Smith (18 November 1962 - 1965) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Deep baritone voice

Trivia (14)

Cancelled about one month of tour dates due to "exhaustion". [August 1999]
His daughter with Glodean White, named Brigette, was featured on an episode of A Baby Story (1999) on TLC, having her third child, Jason, with husband Jeff. They also have a daughter named Brittany and a son named Justin.
Parodied by Chevy Chase (as "Very White") in a first-season episode of Saturday Night Live (1975).
Had a beard since he was 13 years old.
None of his children are as big as he was.
Had been almost 6' 4" since he was 14 years old.
Changed his last name from Carter to "White" when he first met his father.
Ranked #78 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
"Love's Theme" (which he recorded with the Love Unlimited Orchestra) was used by ABC Sports for many years as the theme music for its golf coverage.
Father of Barry White Jr., Melva, Nina (born 1965) and Darryl (born 1966) from his first marriage to "Betty White" - Father of Shaherah White or Brigette from his marriage to Glodean White.
90ties, was impersonated by Piet Paulusma on the "Playbackshow". Hosted by: Hennie Huisman.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 568-569. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 12, 2013.
Posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame on September 20, 2004.

Personal Quotes (23)

I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.
Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form. It made the consumer beautiful. The consumer was the star.
I kept my babies fed. I could have dumped them, but I didn't. I decided that whatever trip I was on, they were going with me. You're looking at a real daddy.
There's people making babies to my music. That's nice.
When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy.
One preacher turned me on, another turned me off.
I try to tell a story musically in a song.
As a boy, I believed freedom for America meant freedom for me. There was a time I believed every word spoken.
I'm very happy with this new record. It's dealing with different aspects of love-it's me making a statement about people doing something with their lives. It is about caring for others.
I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
I went to jail at 16 for stealing tires off Cadillacs. When I got out I said, Never again.
We forget that this music, music made by my brothers and sisters, is still a baby. It's just beginning. When I think of the possibilities, it makes me smile.
The whole system of society tells you what to do.
People are always looking for me to be a freak, weird.
When I commit, I commit with my whole heart, my whole being. I know the Bible like the back of my hand.
No one could understand the bond between me and my brother. I struggled to understand the forces that drove his soul in one direction and mine in another.
I don't know if it's my music, my lyrics, my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do-all I can say is, my career has lasted way longer than I expected.
We were ready to launch Barry White, but the record company wouldn't put it out. Said it wouldn't sell.
Most families had four, five brothers. But because it was just me and Darryl, we had to be twice as strong.
I've always loved War's Low Rider and Sly Stone's Thank You, and I just wanted to put my take on them.
Elton John's opinion turned the label's opinion around, all in a day.
The cops picked me up for attempted murder. I can still see the detectives, licking their chops. Thought they had me. Two weeks later, the cat came out of a coma and told the truth. I was innocent.
Mama tried to save us from the streets, but the streets were too strong.

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