Articles: Soul Sensation Barry White Dies




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Seventies R&B/disco sensation Barry White, whose velvet baritone signature songs "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," became "make-out" music for a generation died July 4, 2003 in Los Angeles according to his spokesman and manager, Ned Shankman.

White, 58, who had been battling chronic blood pressure, succumbed to kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The seductive musician had been undergoing dialysis treatment and had been hospitalized since last September. In May, White suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed.

Although White’s popularity peaked during the disco ‘70s, his sex appeal songs thrilled millions of fans for three decades. He was a recent recipient of two Grammy awards in 2000 for best male and traditional R&B vocal performance for the song "Staying Power."

White was a composer for many popular television shows and movie soundtracks which included "Alley McBeal" and "Dead Presidents." His costarred in several films including the 1975 "Coonskin" and did voice-over work in 1992’s "Why Colors?" But it will be his deep canyon, hot-buttered vocals which fans will remember most.

White, who married and divorced twice, is survived by eight children.


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