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Barry White

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

Some things turn me the way you might say a word or the way you wear your hair and have a certain smile on ...

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Barry White (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, 14 March 1985

The Walrus of Love talks about releasing himself and other acts on own label, and the advantage of being independent; the state of R&B today; praises Jackie DeShannon and Brenda Holloway, and talks about new album Sho You Right.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.6mb, interview length: 15' 58" sound quality: * (phoner)

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Barry White: Greater lurrve hath no man

Profile by Lloyd Bradley, The Independent, 12 March 1992

AN IMPORTANT part of Barry White's stage set owes nothing to laser lights or hydraulic cherry pickers, in fact it has no moving parts whatsoever. ...

Barry White: The Bear is Back

Profile and Interview by David Hancock, Record Mirror, 7 December 1974

THE BEAR is elusive... that's what they're saying of ex-roadie Barry White who in two years has carved a name for himself as the world's ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Toop, The Times, 13 March 1992

In the name of love ...

It's Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Longreads, June 2019

Hip-hop was a different kind of music that needed a different kind of writer to cover it. This is how Michael A. Gonzales came of ...

Barry White: Can't Get Enough (20th Century)

Review by Vernon Gibbs, The Village Voice, 7 November 1974

Barry White: Love of Lush ...

Barry White, Love Unlimited: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Toby Goldstein, Sounds, 17 April 1976

FROM THE first moment of the show, when Radio City Music Hall's gigantic Wurlitzer vibrated to the '2001 Theme', one could guess that Barry White's ...

Barry White: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, The Times, 13 May 1975

RESIGNED AS we are to the gradual dilution and destruction of American soul music, there remains something unearthly in the success enjoyed by Barry White. ...

The Barry White Story

Profile by Tony Cummings, Black Music, July 1975

Everything you ever wanted to know about the giant of sexy soul ...

Barry White: Not Just A Pretty Voice

Profile and Interview by David Hancock, Record Mirror, 17 May 1975

IF YOU ever meet Barry White, don't mention Gene Page. Things could get a little rough. Barry, weighing in at somewhere near 20 stone, is ...

Rising to the big occasion — Barry White: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 16 March 1995

Seventies legend Barry White has them swooning in the Wembley Arena aisles with his unique brand of bedroom soul ...

Disco: "Kids Want Something Different — This Is It!"

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 5 April 1975 says Billy Smith, an expert on New York's booming discos. In a country where radio rules, it's an amazing phenomenon. CHRIS CHARLESWORTH reports... ...

Barry White, Love Unlimited: Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 12 April 1975

Too much love! ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 12 March 1992

Lurve and kisses: Caroline Sullivan on the night Barry White made the earth move ...

Love Unlimited Bring Deep Soul to Britain

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

SOUL ENTHUSIASTS used to call it "deep-soul", the kind of sound which usually didn't even get released over here, and when it did, sold in ...

Barry White: Yeah Baby

Interview by Edward Helmore, Dazed & Confused, November 1999

It's thirty years since South Central LA's leading guru of luuuve established himself as BARRY WHITE, Virgo, Capricorn rising, a big man with Jeri-Gel flattened ...

Barry White 1944-2003

Obituary by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 2003

THOSE OF US who thought Barry White was God will now look on the bright side and consider it official. So often rendered a figure ...

Barry White: Limitless Love — The Maestro's Message

Report and Interview by Joe Nick Patoski, Zoo World, 2 January 1975

"ISAAC HAYES? I defend him now," Barry White smiles confidently in his dressing room, Chivas in hand, dragging on his Benson-Hedges menthol. "People started to ...

Barry White: The Right Night And Barry White (A&M AMA5I54/CD)***¾

Review by Robin Gibson, Sounds, 24 October 1987

FROM THE bowels of the earth rises a huge profound rumble. It sends tremors through your ankles, fondles the underside of the floorboards, and finally ...

Barry White: King Shag Is Back

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 9 September 1989

Bombing around The Riveria in a convertible BMW screaming abuse at the rich are STEVEN WELLS and lensman KEVIN 'O'GRADELY' CUMMINS. The soundtrack that roars ...

Barry White: Blackberry Jam

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1995

VIBE: You write a lot about — Barry White: Love. VIBE: Love — BW: Always. ...

Barry White: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Melody Maker, 28 March 1992

BARRY WHITE has based an entire career on his notion of himself as a 100-horsepower love machine. ...

Barry White: On The White Line To Barry

Interview by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, 19 November 1977

Barry cools down a heavy breathing Rosalind Russell, a bit more than arms length away ...

Look Out For Barry In '78

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 20 December 1977

Barry White struck gold with his last single and album but he's set to surpass himself with his plans for next year ...

Barry White: Big Love

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, July 2010

Barry White's unlimited passion took him to the heights of music ...

Barry White: Can't Get Enough (20th Century)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, 7 November 1974

YOU KNOW, I've heard people say that too much of anything isn't good for you. But I don't know about that, 'cause the fact is, ...

Barry White, Love Unlimited: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 12 March 1974

Triumph at the Rainbow ...

Barry White: I'm in a Beautiful Mood

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, The Sunday Times, 1977

BARRY WHITE is the singer who turned black Soul music into a product closer akin to soggy white blancmange. ...

Barry White: A Potential Superstar

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 27 April 1973

ANYONE WHO has heard Barry White's first album on 20th Century will undoubtedly concur on the point I am about to make – he is ...

Barry White: Villa Park, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

THERE'S BEEN some controversy about the prices on Barry White's English gigs – £5 was the top price at Birmingham. ...

Barry White: The Message Really Is Love...

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 14 August 1979

IT'S an old criticism that so few people practice what they preach. But, in the case of Barry White, the title of his new album ...

Barry White: The Q 100 interview

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, January 1995

HOW THE devil are you?I'm fine. I couldn't be happier. Everything is beautiful in my life. I got a hit album and hit single. I'm ...

Barry White: The Big Cheese

Interview by Lulu Le Vay, Sleazenation, September 2000

Barry White invited us to join him poolside at his San Diego mansion so we could place a hand on his chest and feel that ...

Barry White 1944-2003

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2003

FEW ARTISTS CAPTURED the aspirational glamour of the 70s better than Barry White. ...

Barry White - Can't Get Enough

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

THE TITLE TRACK has just left the British and American top thirty. The album itself is resting at No. 1 on the US album charts ...

The Discreet Charm Of the Black Bourgeoisie: Barry White and Company

Review by Penny Valentine, Street Life, 6 March 1976

WHEN YOUNG American blacks threw off their jeans, gave them to the white kids, and emerged supercool in their three-piece suits, brogues and cashmere sweaters ...

see also Love Unlimited


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