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- July 21, 2003
- Vol. 60
- No. 3
From the Disco Era to the New Century, Barry White Helped Make Magic Happen in the Bedroom
In fact, White, who was born in Galveston and grew up on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, was blessed with the good sense to get out of gang life at 15 and into music. (Hearing Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" on the radio while serving time for stealing tires was a wake-up call, he said.) By 1971, even before his career took off with "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and other sultry hits, "he drove the women absolutely nuts," says San Francisco Chronicle pop critic Joel Selvin. "He created an archetype: warm, safe, not threatening. The Walrus of Love."
In the post-disco '80s White saw his career—and fortune—ebb. "Our lifestyle—it eats up money," said the twice-wed father of eight and great-grandfather of five. He bounced back in the '90s, thanks in part to the showcasing of his music on Ally McBeal, and in 2000 he won his first two Grammys (for his album Staying Power).
With success came excess. "I never saw this guy without a cigarette," says Marc Eliot, coauthor of White's 1999 memoir, Love Unlimited. "He didn't take care of himself." Last September a stroke left him hospitalized in L.A. In May his lover, Katherine Denton, 37, gave birth to a daughter, Barrianna. White's death followed weeks later on July 4. "He had his family around him," says Eliot. "They knew he was going. He died peacefully."
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