What music brings a better through the winter as the warm, velvety, Lush Soul of Barry White? Together with Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes, it forms the triumvirate of great soul-Lover-1970. No other personalized the glamor in the emergence of African-Americans more. Although Gaye was the better singer and Hayes technically sophisticated - Whites Music became the largest hormone-spin of Pop. The baroque prototypes of Disco he created, and there was only one theme in his songs. About muffled drum beats, thick strings carpets, echoing guitar riffs sang-spoke the XXL sex symbol in his bottomless bass assume that it could get enough never, by your love, baby. White had mass and was responsible for the mass. Women put on their plates when they wanted more from their husbands as a quickie. Men put on their plates to get their wives in the mood. As much as they vibrate the walls - Whites Emo bombs keep the balance of love and sex, they are escapist and thickly as Bollywood films - while never explicitly or crude, but on the contrary: family-friendly and conservative values.
All Gentle, sweet, lascivious bedroom ballads were the biography of the singer and pianist, who grew up in Los Angeles in the dark ghetto of Watts, diametrically opposite. 2000 journalist Lulu Le Vay visited him at his house in San Diego. "The posh living room exudes an aura of Ghetto Celebrity" writes Le Vay in the September 2000 issue of "Sleazenation". "Black furniture, black marble, a black wing, which stands majestically at the window, through it all runs a eerily beautiful design of golden patterns. An image of Malcolm X on the wall, Malcolm X looks at 45 framed gold records on the walls, grouped around a large portrait of the gentle man himself - his winning grin penetrated the darkness of space. Pure Decadence, pure class, pure class ... "
"Even if his manners are impeccable, his manner polite and respectful - the sharp twinkling eyes tell a different story," Le Vay writes, "the hard times, disappointment and struggle. From incontrovertible belief in himself and his abilities that brought him from the ghetto out. "" I am very sensitive, "said White later himself." I know, looks like a man who is totally in love and hurt. I know how a woman looks, is very happy with her husband. I can see that and just write about what you feel in those moments. That's my talent. "
The rock press, jazz press, they had during the lifetime of bandleader no choice over white to sniff and find it cheesy. The Soul press was the "Walrus of Love" for your feet. The studio musicians with whom he worked, (including the Over-guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and Lee Ritenour or bassist Wilton Felder of the Crusaders) revered him as "Maestro". "People are always telling me how much they mean licks and turnarounds love," wrote drummer Ed Greene in the book of the fabulous, in February 2010, appeared in Germany retrospective "Barry White - Unlimited", consisting of 4 audio CDs and a DVD (all in all it comprises 72 tracks). Greene has worked with jazz stars like Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie, later with Steely Dan.
"But please be, let's say: it's all of Barry White, no accent is mine. I played it, but Barry dictated. "The dynamics, tempo, licks, what and when and how, all, all composed THE MAN meticulously made. "In Barry's best times we were musicians always so excited when we went into the studio with him," said Greene recalls. "We drove so it from becoming part of his magic and we sucked us really full from the kick to make these great plates with him. He was a gifted bandleader, and we wanted that he was successful, so the magic could continue to flow. "
1956 with 11, he made his recording debut on the doo-wop song "Goodnight My Love" by Jesse Belvin. 1960 with 16, has Barrence Eugene Carter (later known as Barry White) fathered two children already, dropped out of school and sitting in Juvenile Hall of Watts. In later interviews he has repeatedly told that it then the Elvis song "It's Now Or Never" when he heard him in prison wegbrachte of the slippery slope - his brother Darryl will be made later on the road for a trifle shoot. On knees implores his mother, a lone piano teacher, not to go to Hollywood, "You know nobody there. You have nothing. You will be killed if you herumrennst in Hollywood. "He does it anyway. By 1960 to White hired as a sideman, songwriter and arranger. Under the stage name Lee Barry he takes on various own singles, none of which is successful. Married to his high school sweetheart Mary, he has to feed a family of six and will always return to a subject for the social welfare office. 1963 writes White in the "Harlem Shuffle" the RB duo Bob Earl with (known in the later version of the Rolling Stones). 1966 presents him the California Entrepreneur Bob Keene as AR Manager, for $ 40 a week. Keene has discovered Richie Valens and owns the record label Keen, Mustang Bronco and Del-Fi. 1967 includes White then with the legendary Gene Page together, one of the authors Motown label, and he later wrote with Page the hit "I Feel Love Coming On" fOr Felice Taylor. One fine day takes Page the young songwriter with a recording session with the Supremes: the smuggling him into the studio from Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit of "Forever Came Today" to the Page. Fascinated observed White the colossal songwriter team Holland-Dozier-Holland while producing. "They opened the door and left it open so I could go through," White later describe the experience in his autobiography "Love Unlimited". When he 1969 three girls from San Pedro hits: Diane Taylor and sisters Linda and Glodean James because White has found his own version of the Supremes. For years he polished around their sound. 1972 proposes the single "Walking In The Rain With The One I Love" by on both sides of the Atlantic. The heartbreaking story of the clever use of sound effects and to accompany it: the rain that telephone dial and Barry bass voice on the other end of the line - radio DJs eat him the single from his hand. First, the management of its record company Uni Records locks but against the publication of White's debut album "I've Got So Much To Give" - the baritone has to enter namely only 5 songs, and have extra length. Ironically, Elton John, who has a white pattern of the album, is committed to a White - and is not mistaken: White reached the US Top 20 and # 1 on the US-RB charts. Next, he puts together the 40kÖpfige Love Unlimited Orchestra and takes in 1974 with "Love's Theme" a Jet Set Radio Symphony on, complete with strings cascade, romantic guitars and broadband vocals. Also "Love's Theme" is an international Top 10 hit, the final springboard his career.
Between 1973 and '77 Publishes White annually two or three albums - solo, instrumental and Love Unlimited. The beard is the Soul phenomenon, ruled the charts with the single "You're The First, The Last, My Everything".
The Maestro with the velvet voice buys two houses in the San Fernando Valley, married Glodean James of Love Unlimited. About a dozen albums, he never leaves his proven stylistic track - unlike Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes. Sometime wird's the formula, his sound has been exhausted. 1978 shortly after the last hit, "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness", in time for the 8-million-dollar recording contract with CBS, White is creative at the end. Younger clubbers prefer the sound of EWF and chic and the young Michael Jackson. In the 1980s, it comes with Barry White rapidly downhill. The murder of his younger brother Darryl plunges the Californians in 1983 in a depression. To financially to keep above water, he has to go on tour. The 1990s bring a renaissance. White is the godfather of the New Jack Swing. Various compilations break in the British charts. His was added to the 90 singles "Put Me In Your Mix" and the anti-AIDS anthem "Practise what you preach" reach the RB-top. 5 White collaborated with Tina Turner, on Quincy Jones' "Back On The Block" album and Lisa Stansfield. Simply Red and Robbie Williams covern him. Daft Punk and Fun Lovin 'Criminals sampling him. White is seen on television in Ally McBeal and The Simpsons. His 41st album "Staying Power" wins two Grammys. 2002 writes White at Def Jam. Due to health problems he never re-enters a studio. On july 4, 2003, he died at 58 in Los Angeles to kidney failure. During his lifetime sold White almost 300 million records. To be Millionenerbe quarreled for years two ex-wives, his last girlfriend, his eight or nine children plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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