December 8, 2023

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

Recently we were invited for a dinner at a local restaurant and it was the first time that we had been there.

It was a restaurant on the terrace of an hotel. The place was wonderfully decorated, and the scenery around was simply bewitching. A cool light wind added to a wonderful environment.

As usual  we were passing through the period of a long wait to get our ordered food, when the background music started. I must congratulate the person who had selected those wonderful pieces of music that evening. All of a sudden the overall atmosphere of the place had changed, at least for me. The music was not loud, but I asked the waiter if it was possible to increase the volume a bit more.

Luckily there were not many customers there, so the waiter obliged. Though still it was not loud, but it had really tuned me in.  I must mention here that my way of enjoying music is very different from others. The maximum exponent of my enjoyment of music, are my fingers, who start playing the drums over my knees. I  perform all rollings etc of the drums over my knees, while enjoying the music.

The dinner arrived, and we started eating. Yet I was too involved with the music. The waiter had understood the whole situation, so he replayed all the songs while we had dinner. So that dinner became one of my most enjoyed meals.

I think, rather continuing with this preamble, I must disclose that it was the songs sung by Barry White, which were being played in the background.

I had listened to some of popular songs of Barry White in the past, but after I returned following our dinner, I listened to some of his other songs and went through Wikipedia information about him, which I would like to share here.

“Barry White, born in 1944 in California, earlier took the gang life at a younger age. But once he was caught and sent to jail, his life changed.  Once out of jail, he entered the music field at an early age, after gaining understanding of playing piano. He started his career as a songwriter, and wrote some nice and popular songs.

His voice was just like other kids of his age, however his voice deepened suddenly when he was 14 years old. This voice was a rarity, and ultimately ruled the music world.

White continued his career as songwriter and producer of musical groups, till early 1970s, when he was advised to release his own songs. So he wrote some good songs and sang them. The result was “I’m gonna love you just a little more baby”, his first solo album.  The album instantly hit the charts and White was established as a popular singer.

This success of the first album led him to a series of albums, which were also well received by the music enthusiasts, world over. “Never, Never Gonna Give you Up”, released in 1973, “Can’t get enough of your Love, Baby” in 1974, and many others followed his initial success.

However his most popular songs are “Let the music play” and “You are the First, the last, My everything”.

Barry White had formed a 40 piece orchestra, which contributed to most of his popular songs and tunes. He continued producing music during the1980s and 1990s. He however naturally slowed down eventually, due to his health problems.

He spent most part of his later years struggling against his weight problems, blood pressure and other illnesses. He died early at the age of 58.

During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million records, and is one of the best selling music artists of all times.

White was posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004.  Later in 2013 he was  awarded the 2,506th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

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