Barry White Survived Gang Life And Prison, Became Love Song Legend

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Barry White. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Barry White told us "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby," "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe," and "You're The First, The Last, My Everything." Nicknamed “the walrus of love,” White spoke the language of romance like few other performers and delivered his tender sentiments in a deep soulful voice. He claimed his seductive lyrics were paeans to his wife Glodean, and his lush arrangements made him the epitome of cuddly, soulful love in the '70s. But this king of the bedroom ballad walked a long road to rise to his position, and could have followed the same path as his brother who spent much of his life in prison. Instead, music saved him.