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Barry White was a solo singer, songwriter, and producer from the United States.
The legendary musician was given a number of nicknames during his career, including 'The Godfather of Soul' and 'The Maestro'. The Texas-born singer was well known for his passionate soul songs, such as 'Practice What You Preach' and 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe'.
The singer had an exceptionally deep, baritone voice, that would surprise anyone hearing it for the first time. His unique voice, paired with passionate songwriting, contributed to his image as one of the most talented, romantic musical geniuses of all time.
Barry White died on July 4, 2003, at the age of 58.
Keep reading to learn more about the life and career of Barry White.
Barry White had a net worth of $20 million.
Barry White earned approximately $400,000 per year.
Barry White was 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) tall.
Barry White was born on September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas, and died on July 4, 2003, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 58.
Barry Eugene Carter was born to Melvin A. White and Sadie Marie Carter, on September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas. His parents never married, so as a result, his mother gave him her surname, but he eventually adopted his father's surname. He was the oldest of his parents' two children, and had a younger brother named Darryl. Barry White learned to play the piano as a child, by listening to his mother's classical music collection and imitating what he heard on the CDs.
White was reportedly a high-school dropout who went around causing trouble, until he one day decided that music would be his calling.
At 19 years old, Barry White married his childhood sweetheart, Mary, with whom he had four children. The pair split up in 1969.
White married Glodean James, from the female trio, Love Unlimited, in 1974. The duo collaborated on the album 'Barry & Glodean', which was released in 1981. He fathered four more children with Glodean and lived with his family in Los Angeles, before the pair split up in 1988. Despite living separate lives, they were, nevertheless, still legally married until White died in 2003.
Barry White was signed by Forward Records in 1969. From the '70s onward, his career experienced an upward shift.
Barry White's most tremendous successes came in the '70s, while working with Love Unlimited. In 1973, White's 'Love Theme', composed for The Love Unlimited Orchestra, reached number one on the Billboard Pop charts. At the peak of his music career, White crafted souls, blues, and disco music, releasing hit songs, 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe' and 'You're The First, The Last, My Everything'. He has been credited as one of the pioneers of the disco era, but the singer himself firmly rejected the notion.
White released a number of studio albums that were awarded gold or platinum. He released a total of 106 gold albums, 41 of them also being platinum.
Barry White was invited by the renowned Italian music performer, Luciano Pavarotti, to perform with him for his annual charity concert, 'Pavarotti and Friends'. Proceeds from the events went to organizations such as War Child and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Barry White received a total of 11 Grammy nominations during his career. In 2000, the singer won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his 20th studio album, 'Staying Power'.
White posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 12, 2013, which would have been his 69th birthday.
Barry White loved music above all else, but unknown to some fans, he was also an avid sports fan. Football, bowling, and golfing in particular were some of his favorite pastimes.
White owned a 500 gal (2273 l) saltwater fish tank, that he watched for hours at a time.
He was also interested in astrology and claimed to be able to guess other people's signs. White himself was a Virgo.
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