Barry White (September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003) was an American producer and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. He conducted the Love Unlimited Orchestra[?], which consisted of live musicians, including string and percussion players. His musical voice was often used by couples wishing to create a romantic ambience. He was often affectionately referred to as the "Walrus of Love".
Though he was born in Galveston, Texas, he grew up in the high-crime areas of south-central Los Angeles, California, where he joined a gang at the age of 10, and subsequently, at 17, was jailed for four months for theft of $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires.
His hits included "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" (1973), "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" (1973), "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (1974), "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1974), "What Am I Gonna Do With You" (1975), "Let the Music Play" (1976), "Your Sweetness is My Weakness" (1978), "Change" (1982), "Sho' You Right" (1987), and "Practice What You Preach" (1994), among others.
He had been ill with chronically high blood pressure for some time, which resulted in kidney failure[?] in the autumn of 2002. He suffered a stroke in May 2003, after which he was forced to retire from public life. He died in Cedars Sinai Hospital[?] in the West Hollywood[?] area of Los Angeles. His death was reported as being from kidney failure.
Late in his life, White shared that he wished to be remembered as a good person who happened to be able to sing.