Barry Eugene Carter (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer.
A two-time Grammy Award–winner known for his bass-baritone voice and romantic image, his greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with The Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits: “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe“. Due to his large frame, impressive facial hair, and deep voice, he has been given the nickname “The Walrus of Love”.
White recorded 19 studio albums during the course of his career, but multiple versions and compilations were released worldwide that were certified gold, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million records, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His influences included James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye.
Barry White: Can’t Get Enough (1974)
The third in White’s mostly stellar run of albums on the 20th Century label, Can’t Get Enough finds the bedroom alchemist coming up with another solid batch of lush, proto-disco gems. White went from strength to strength during the ’70s, collaborating with co-arranger Gene Page on some of the most sophisticated and seamless charts in popular music (Philly soul architects Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble, and Thom Bell also deserve recognition in this regard). And thanks to an amazing succession of hits, White not only impressed the music cognoscenti, but repeatedly scored with the radio faithful, too — Can’t Get Enough features two of his biggest chart toppers, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” And besides the hits, it’s not just all padding here: “I Can’t Believe You Love Me” and “Oh Love, Well We Finally We Made It” qualify as two of White’s most fetching slow burners, while “Mellow Mood (Pts. 1 & 2)” shows off his knack for layered instrumentals. Another highlight from White’s prime.
Video: Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe.