Barry Carter (aka Barry White) was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in South Central, L.A. At the age of 17, while in jail on a 4-month sentence for stealing Cadillac tires, he heard Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" on the radio, and the experience helped push him away from crime and towards a career in music. He got his professional start as a song writer and arranger. In 1963 he arranged the song "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl (a song with a long gestation period as it only became a hit in 1969). In the early 70's he discovered and produced the girl group, Love Unlimited, who would go on to record numerous hits with him. White had no plans to be a performer himself, until music industry friend Larry Nunes heard some demo's he'd made for another artist and convinced him to put out his own album (1973's "I've Got So Much Love To Give", featuring his first #1 single, "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby," being the result). "Barry White Sings For Someone You Love" was White's seventh album. It reached #8 on the US and #1 on the R&B charts, and was his first Platinum record. The album's first single, "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me," was his fifth #1, and "Oh What A Night For Dancing" was also a hit.
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