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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Barry White Gets A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Thousands of fans lined up on Hollywood Boulevard. to see the unveiling of  one of the greatest R&B legends, Barry White's star on the Walk of Fame.

Berry Gordy, Mowtown founder, Walter and Scottie of the Whispers, the lovely Brenda Holloway, Ambassador Sidney Williams (who represented his wife the Honorable Maxine Waters) , producer Jesus Barber, L.A. city councilman Tom LaBonge, Mark Brown of KABC, and producer Tony Cornelius, were just a few of the many celebs who came out to pay tribute to this  music giant.
If you remember - who can forget - the smooth voice and the 42-piece orchestra that we just don't see enough of anymore.  I mean they just don't make music like this anymore, those real love songs, with Barry often times playing the piano.  They called him “The Maestro” for a reason.
Songs like:  “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything”, “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby”,”Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe”, and one of my favorites, “Playing Your Love Game Baby,” are forever etched in my mind.
One of the unique things that Barry did was produce and record the trio of background singers that accompanied him on his various recordings, and concerts.
They were called The Love Unlimited and they were composed of Glodean James (who became his future wife), her sister Linda James, and the late Diane Taylor.
Glodean, White's wife, and originally part of his backup singers (Love Unlimited), spoke eloquently at the event event by saying  “His music will be with us forever and a day, past our lifetimes.”
glodean & mark brown
Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce making the decision to honor White with the 2506th star on the Walk of Fame, was definitely long overdue.
A lavish reception was held afterwards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where a giant chocolate birthday cake was unveiled to honor him on his birthday.
Barry's passing on July 4, 2003 was too soon, but his music will live on forever.

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