Barry White was a multi-Grammy award-winning
American singer of Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,
Practice What You Preach, You're the First, the Last,
My Everything, I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby,
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up and Love's Theme.
White was also a prolific songwriter and producer,
who had hits as a solo artist, as well as with Love
Unlimited, and the Love Unlimited Orchestra.
He produced the 1972 hit, Walking in the Rain With
the One I Love, as well as, It May Be Winter Outside
(But In My Heart It's Spring), I Feel Love Comin' On
and many more.
Worldwide sales of his work as singer, songwriter
or producer, now exceed 100 million copies. Among
these are 20 gold singles, 10 platinum singles
and dozens of gold and platinum albums.
By the 1990s, he had established himself as
a pop culture icon, and unlikely sex symbol.
His velvety voice -- a sensual deep bass-baritone
purr -- backed by lush orchestrations, coupled
with his ample girth, brought him many nicknames,
such as, the Walrus of Love, Sultan of Soul,
the Rotund Romeo, the Prince of Pillowtalk and
Buddha of the Boudoir. His work became synonymous
with seduction: "People did use my music to
make love, they said I was a one-man population
explosion," Barry once said.
He initially married his high school sweetheart,
Betty Smith (a former actress and music teacher),
had four children, and got divorced, all before
the age of 21. In the early 1970s, he married
Glodean James, the lead singer of Love Unlimited.
They eventually separated, but never divorced.
His final companion was girlfriend Catherine Denton.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Barry Eugene Carter *
Date, time and place of birth: September 12, 1944,
at 4:42 p.m.**, Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: July 4, 2003,
at 9:35 a.m., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Kidney failure)
Sons: Barry Jr., and Darrell
Daughters: La Nece, Deniece, Nina, and Shehera (sometimes spelled Shaheara)
Father: Melvin White (a machinist)
Mother: Sadie Marie Carter
Remains: He was cremated and his ashes
scattered at sea in the Pacific Ocean off the
Southern California coast.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Note that the last name on his birth certificate is
indeed Carter. Barry's parents never married, and at
the time of his birth, his father was married to another
woman. Several years later when his father discovered
Carter was listed as his illegitimate son's last
name, he crossed out Carter and wrote in White on
the birth certificate. But he was not born
"Barry Eugene White," as some sources erroneously report.
** Source: Birth certificate
NOTE: The name of his second wife is spelled
Glodean James, not "Golden James," as a few
sources erroneously state.
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