One of the biggest soul stars of the '70s was forging ahead into the '90s a quarter of a century ago. Barry White was already on the R&B chart with the title track of his new release when the Put Me In Your Mix album hit the streets on 8 October, 1991.
In addition to a typically seductive selection of slow jams, and a sound subtly updated for the next soul generation, it was a record that also offered the combination of two great “love men.” The final track, 'Dark and Lovely,' was a collaboration between White and one of the men who had preceded him as a master of “bedroom soul,” Isaac Hayes. In the great tradition of both, it ran for a full ten minutes.
Put Me In Your Mix also featured the backing vocals of a key figure in Barry's professional and personal lives, his wife Glodean, whom he had mentored simultaneously with his own emergence, in the trio Love Unlimited. Speaking of Glodean, we're sending her best wishes for her 60th birthday, on 16 October.
The album's title song didn't cross over to the pop market, but became yet another huge R&B hit for White, peaking at No. 2. As word spread about what was widely seen as a return to form for the Texan artist-producer, Put Me In Your Mix climbed to No. 8 on the soul album chart, in a lengthy 28-week chart stay. It was his highest peak on that survey for fully 13 years, since Barry White The Man hit No. 1 in 1978.