Soul singer Barry White
Soul singer Barry White, the sweet-talking, deep-voiced performer who rhapsodized about love, died on July 4. He was 58. The cause was kidney failure. His hits included "My First, My Last, My Everything," "Never Never Gonna Give Up," and "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More." Before he became a hit as a solo performer, White put together the female vocal trio Love Unlimited and founded the Love Unlimited Orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble, to accompany himself and the trio. White's autobiography is Barry White: Love Unlimited (written with Marc Eliot, published by Broadway Books in 1999). He also released a CD at that time: Barry White: Staying Power.This interview first aired Oct. 27, 1999.