Artist of the Month: Barry White
Out of Galveston Texas, but raised since infancy in East Los Angeles California Barry White sang in church choir and learned to play a variety of musical instruments in hid early teens. In 1960 he joined an R&b quintet, the Upfronts, nothing came out of that venture.
By 1964 Barry arranges Bob and Earl’s song of the “the Harlum Shuffle”. In 1968 Barry while working for the Mustang label discovers the female vocal trio “Love Unlimited” and becomes their manager and producer. By 1972 having signed “Love Unlimited” to Uni Records, he produces “Walkin in the rain with the one I love”, which # 14 in both the U.S. and the U.K. charts and sells over a million copies. By 1973 Barry starts recording as a solo artist.
His song “I’m gonna love you just a little more” hits U.S. #3 and becomes a million seller and earns a gold disc. By 1974 the song “Never gonna give you up” gets to #7 and earns another gold disc. By September of 1974 “Can’t get enough of your love baby” hits #1 and is his third million seller. By 1975 “You’re the first, the last, my everything” is Barry’s 4th gold record. And then here comes the rumors, Barry has often been credited with playing piano at age 11, on Jesse Belvins 1956 hit single “Goodnight My Love”. However in an interview in 1995, Barry denied writing or arranging the song. He believes the story was an exaggeration by journalists. While Barry and Jesse Belvin did live in the same neighborhood, Belvin was 12 years older than Barry. And now the other side of Barry White, songwriter, recording engineer, piano and keyboard player Bass player, singer and thief. Barry’s brother was murdered in a clash with a rival gang in 1983, and White himself was jailed for 4 months at the age of 16 for stealing $ 30,000.00 worth of Cadillac tires.
Find out more on Barry White as we continue with more artist of the month shows on KWMC 1490 AM and the “Little Red Rooster Show”. Still all information and known facts are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are produced by Javier Martinez Sr.