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‘Can’t Get Enough’: Barry White’s Hard-Won Album Triumph

Barry’s years of struggle made his bestselling album and single successes all the sweeter.

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The music business is full of stories of artists who took a decade or more to become overnight sensations. Barry White had been working away at his craft since he was a teenager at the turn of the 1960s. He made a living as A&R man, session played and songwriter, but it wasn’t until the turn of the next decade that his career as a producer started to accelerate.

Then he began making records under his own name, and the world discovered him. On 7 September 1974, White entered the US pop album chart with Can’t Get Enough — and America couldn’t. By 26 October, it was No. 1.

Listen to Can’t Get Enough right now.

White’s breakthrough as a producer had come in 1972 with his girl group discovery Love Unlimited, who hit the charts with his song ‘Walking In The Rain With The One I Love.’ His own first album, I’ve Got So Much To Give, was an R&B No. 1 in 1973, as was its single ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby,’ which also hit the pop top three.

The follow-up album the same year, Stone Gon’, was another soul chart-topper. The soul veteran was, to coin a phrase, White hot. In September 1974, ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’ became a pop No. 1 in America, and audiences really couldn’t get enough of Barry White. The parent album, just called Can’t Get Enough, was another multi-tasking masterstroke, with Barry as singer, writer, producer and arranger.

‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’ went to No. 8 in the UK, where his audience became so huge that the next single from the album, ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything,’ went all the way to No. 1. Back in the States, the album entered the chart at No. 76, as Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard continued at No. 1.

By the end of October, White’s LP was itself topping the bestsellers, buouyed by the chart-topping single and by positive reviews that included a Billboard notice describing it as “perhaps his most ambitious and certainly his most well done effort to date.”

As Quincy Jones said in 2009, “Barry was one of the gentlest souls I’ve ever met. He knew how to reveal his warmth as romance and run a woman clean out of her mind.”

Can’t Get Enough can be bought here.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. marina

    October 26, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    ik hoor barry whit graag

    • marco spor

      October 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Marina, blij dat je het zegt! Die man was en is mijn held! Alles te maken met herinneringen en zijn muziek,

  2. Doreen James

    October 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    love Barry White recordings

  3. Meire

    November 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Which dvd is music Rio de Janeiro live?

  4. rachael johnson

    September 8, 2015 at 8:05 am

    He was my idol as a teenager im still listening to his music and we shae the same birthday

  5. Enid Jimenez

    September 9, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Barry White was unique ,his músic, his voice, the way he intérpretes those músic was spectacular

  6. Dianne Van Keuren

    October 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I love Barry Whites music. Does anyone know how I can get a copy of him singing Kiss & Say Goodbye? I had it on a solid Gold Album & it got ruined. I have been searching ever since. I have a lot of his music but really want this 1 song. I have it by the Manhattans & it is good but Barry outdid himself on it.

  7. cielo

    July 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Woooow excelente.
    Barry white’ s.
    Bob marley.waaaaa.
    Los amo!!

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