Barry White was born September 12, 1944, and grew up in La. White’s distinctive deep voice and raunchy lyrics made him an icon of hot soul.
Vocalist, songwriter. BornBarry Eugene Carteron September 12, 1944 in Galveston,Texas. White was raised in La, where he immersed himself in the neighborhood music culture for an early age. He made several records throughout the early ’60s, beneath the name (Barry Lee), so that as an associate of the Upfronts, the Atlantics and the Majestics. Nevertheless, he found greater success offstage, directing the careers of others, including Felice Taylor and Viola Wills.
He also founded the Love Unlimited Orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble to follow himself as well as the singing trio, for which he ran, composed and arranged.
As the sexual content of the lyrics developed more explicit, he slowly became viewed as a self parody. But though his pop hits decreased near the conclusion of the ’70s, his live performances stayed sold out.
Through the pinnacle of his career, White earned gold and platinum discs for global sales. The UK vocalist Lisa Stansfield has frequently openly supported White’s work as well as in 1992, she and White re-recorded a variation of Stansfield’s hit, “All Around The World.” During the ’90s, a set of commercially successful records demonstrated White’s standing as more than a cult figure.
In May 2003, White suffered a stroke while awaiting a kidney transplant, which he wanted due to complications from years of chronic high blood pressure. He died on July 4, 2003 in La.