barry eugene carter
Born Barry Eugene Carter, Barry White grew up in Los Angeles and, like so many of the kids growing up around him, spent time in a gang and in prison. He was just 17 when he was sentenced to four months behind bars for stealing, of all things, Cadillac tyres – $30,000 worth of them. His time in jail changed his life in more ways than one.
Barry’s mum had a large classical music collection and that is what he listened to as he was growing up. He started playing the piano simply by copying the music he heard on those albums.
Then came his time in prison. While there Barry listened to the radio and heard Elvis Presley singing It’s Now or Never. That, he said, changed the course of his life.
And that’s what we all need to hear – this kid, raised on classical music was on the path to a lifetime in and out of the local pen. But rock ‘n’ rock redeemed him and put him back on the straight and narrow!
produced by barry – then sung by barry
A lot of people wouldn’t realise that Barry got his start in music as a producer. He found and developed an all-girl band known as Love Unlimited. But by the early 70s he began writing tracks for a solo album.
He changed his name. Initially he was going to call himself White Heat but (fortunately) went for Barry White instead.
That first Barry White album was released in 1973. It included the title track, I’ve Got So Much to Give, and his first solo hit, I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Babe. The album made it to #3 on the US album charts.
Throughout his career Barry also had hits with:
- Never, Never Gonna Give You Up – #7.
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – #1
- You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – #2
- What Am I Gonna Do with You – #8
- It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me – #4
In the UK Barry had a #1 with You’re the Frist, the Last, my Everything and five top 10 hits.
Barry was a pretty big man – in the US he gained the nickname, The Walrus of Love. Apparently he liked it – go figure!
As a kid Barry had quite a high voice which changed almost overnight. He once said;
I woke up one morning, went downstairs, said ‘Good morning’ to my mother and nearly scared both of us to death.
As was obvious, Barry was quite overweight. In 2002 he suffered kidney failure, the result of chronic high blood pressure. Then, in May 2003, he suffered a stroke. A few weeks later, on June 4 after suffering total renal failure, he died.
can’t get enough of your love, babe fax
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe was written and produced by Barry.
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe is from Barry’s 1974 album, Can’t Get Enough.
- It peaked at #1 on both the US singles chart and the US R&B chart.
- The single version is quite different from the album version. The single has Barry talking/singing during the intro. On the album version he sings background vocals on the intro.
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe has appeared on several episodes of The Simpsons.
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe lyrics
can’t get enough of your love, babe – barry white – 1974 – video
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