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Friday, July 4, 2014

The Sultan of Smooth Soul

Today in Music History: July 4, 2003

While celebrations abound amid backyard barbeques and picnics in the park, there is a special voice to be remembered who did not make it to the fireworks display of July 4, 2003. At 9:30 am that morning, the Sultan of Smooth Soul, left us but not without first having established a distinguishing legacy: a distinctive bass, sexy voice - an icon of sexy soul - that lives on with love songs still popular to this day.


Barry White

"The Sultan of Smooth Soul"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_White

Barry White was not your model teenager but his involvement in crime and gang activities was short lived but not without greatly impacting his future in music.
During his teenage years, White and his brother got involved with crime and gang activity. At the age of 17, he was jailed for four months for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires.

While in jail, White listened to Elvis Presley singing "It's Now or Never" on the radio, an experience he later credited with changing the course of his life.
Source: en.wikipedia.org
During his musical career, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. His influences included Rev. James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin plus Motown artists The Supremes, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye.



 
http://www.allmusic.com/album/all-time-greatest-hits-mw0000114986

Barry White

All-Time Greatest Hits

 Happy Fourth of July! What Barry White tracks are on your weekend playlist?

  And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...