Barry White

This Week in Texas Music History

Barry White

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013

This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet Galveston’s “Walrus of Love.”

Barry White was born on September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas. As a child, he sang gospel in the local church before his family relocated to Los Angeles. By the 1960s, White had achieved moderate success as a songwriter and producer. However, by the 1970s, his sultry baritone voice and his smooth funk-soul style made him one of the most popular singers of the era.

During his career, Barry White amassed 106 gold albums, 41 platinum albums, and two Grammys. A large man with undeniable charisma, White earned the nickname the “Walrus of Love.” He died in 2003 at the age of 58.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll discover a link between Jimmie Rodgers and Janis Joplin.