Barry White, Dead at 56
July 4, 2003 1:56 PM   Subscribe

The First, The Last, The Everything. Barry White, soul legend, dies at 56.
posted by metaxa (28 comments total)
 
The Walrus of Love... gone? No more amour pour les sharks, oh my.
posted by dash_slot- at 2:02 PM on July 4, 2003


cnn link.

whacking day. :(
posted by poopy at 2:03 PM on July 4, 2003


No link as the news sites haven't got hard details yet

Perhaps you can Wait ten minutes then. I mean, it's not like you think they're not going to post the story.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:06 PM on July 4, 2003


Indeed, obituary: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/2386227.stm
posted by Mossy at 2:07 PM on July 4, 2003


And Luther Vandross is sufferring from a major stroke. I forsee an end to the baby boom.
posted by machaus at 2:08 PM on July 4, 2003


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posted by dgaicun at 2:09 PM on July 4, 2003


XQUZYPHYR, are you having a shitty day, sweetie? Because you see to be jumping on people's asses recreationally. While playing MeFi cop might be fun, it might best be saved for threads not announcing someone's death. Go wave a sparkler and have some watermelon.
posted by stonerose at 2:10 PM on July 4, 2003


Just so everyone knows, this means I now have the sexiest voice on earth.
posted by Space Coyote at 2:18 PM on July 4, 2003


Damn.

Double damn.

Now who's gonna sing the "doin' the wild thing" music?
(suggestions?)
posted by madman at 2:19 PM on July 4, 2003


Back off, Space Coyote...the Sexiest Voice On Earth title is now *mine*. But I digress...

Barry White will be missed. As a commentator said on CNN a few minutes ago, there must be tens of thousands (or more) of people who are here on this planet right now as a direct result of Barry's music. End of the baby-boom, indeed.

Favorite song? Tough call...but probably "What Am I Gonna Do With You?"

And there was that episode of "Ally McBeal" that I happened to be watching a few years ago...when the cast members were in a nightclub to celebrate a birthday, and in walks Barry White, crooning to the birthday person...sent chills down my spine.
posted by davidmsc at 2:25 PM on July 4, 2003


And Luther Vandross is sufferring from a major stroke. I forsee an end to the baby boom.


Now who's gonna sing the "doin' the wild thing" music?



Ruben to the rescue maybe?


*shudder*
posted by ewwgene at 2:27 PM on July 4, 2003


He died of a broken heart.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 2:33 PM on July 4, 2003


Hey, $random_string_of_consonants_in_caps, step off mofo! I was leaving when I heard, so I just posted the news. There were no links when I found out. Next time, I'll ask your permission before I post, eh?

I'm not overly happy with my post being edited either, but - ho-hum.
posted by metaxa at 2:48 PM on July 4, 2003


mofo is the same as mon frere, right?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:10 PM on July 4, 2003


p_g: that was slash, baby, all slash!
posted by billsaysthis at 3:15 PM on July 4, 2003


Barry White's daughter was the mother-to-be on an episode of A Baby Story on the TLC network a couple of years ago, and the cameras followed her on a pre-birth visit with her father. In addition to having a velvet voice, Barry White had a tender, loving heart. He will certainly be missed.

But Luther Vandross fans rejoice -- he's recuperating from his stroke and is making definitive progress in rehabilitation every day.
posted by Dreama at 3:32 PM on July 4, 2003


[This is good]
posted by pemulis at 3:42 PM on July 4, 2003


And now N!xau, too? Dear God, will the carnage never end?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:06 PM on July 4, 2003


I remember an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with a segment on game show host Wink Martindale. During a scene at Wink's birthday bash, Barry White, with a drink and a smoke in one hand and a mic in the other, was belting out tunes by the pool as the evening's entertainment. Wink's birthday parties just won't be the same anymore.
posted by samuelad at 4:14 PM on July 4, 2003


I love the sexy slither of a lady snake...

RIP, Barry White.
posted by jokeefe at 4:16 PM on July 4, 2003


pemulis, that's either very sly, subversive humor or a warped mis-use of the [This is good] system!!
posted by jonson at 5:15 PM on July 4, 2003


Practice What You Preach is my favorite Barry White tune. I always include Barry White in my talk of favorite R+B singers, probably 2nd after Marvin Gaye. RIP Barry.
posted by jbou at 7:11 PM on July 4, 2003


I guess losing the Arby's Spots to Tom Arnold was the last straw...

Man I have some shitty deathpool picks this year...

May You Rest In Peace ;/
posted by Dreamghost at 7:18 PM on July 4, 2003


I'll be making love on my bearskin rug in his honor.

Maybe a little wine.....
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:10 AM on July 5, 2003


A teen aged Barry White played piano on Jesse Belvin's classic Good Night My Love.
posted by y2karl at 4:49 AM on July 5, 2003


From the home office in Sioux City, Iowa:

TOP TEN WORDS THAT SOUND ROMANTIC WHEN SPOKEN BY BARRY WHITE

10. Jazzercise
9. Gubernatorial
8. Doo-hickey
7. Dweeb
6. Bite me
5. Prime time catastrophe
4. Gingivitis
3. Pataki
2. Big Ass Ham
1. Oprah
posted by PrinceValium at 9:49 AM on July 5, 2003


even the words "Sioux City, Iowa" sound romantic when spoken by Barry White, and that's saying a lot.
posted by taz at 1:56 PM on July 5, 2003


Wow, PrinceValium -- I remember that Top Ten...and I can still hear Barry saying "Oh-pruh" in his amazing voice. Great piece.
posted by davidmsc at 5:31 PM on July 7, 2003


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