When one thinks ‘deep bass voice and love songs,’ the name Barry White is usually the first to come to mind. White’s career boasts a string of hits from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, before his untimely death in 2003. How can you go wrong with songs like “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Playing Your Game Baby,” “Practice What You Preach,” “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby,” and “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me?” White is one of only a few artists to have an instrumental make it to the top of the Billboard Pop chart. His single “Love’s Theme,” a composition performed by his 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra, was a number one hit and is noted as one of the songs that helped usher in the disco dance craze. “Love’s Theme” has since been covered and reinterpreted by artists ranging from Spanish singer/songwriter Julio Iglesias to British electronic/pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark. In 1974 White was also the debut artist in a series of performances funded and promoted by legendary New York disc jockey Frankie Crocker, “The Chief Rocker.” As a result of White’s concert performance, Crocker’s shows became known nationwide as an avenue for black artists to perform for a broader multi-cultural audience, beyond the typical chitlin’ circuit crowd. Among all his hits, White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” from the album entitled Can’t Get Enough was the biggest, making it to the top of both the US Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album also contained the song “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” which almost achieved the same feat with its number one spot on the R&B chart, peaking at number two on the Hot 100.
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.MontroseMusic.com, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.