Barry White – You’re The One I Need

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Barry White
(born Barry Eugene Carter; September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), was an American composer and singer-songwriter.

A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White’s greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”.

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 records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. His influences included Rev. James Cleveland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley plus Motown artists The Supremes, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye.

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rodney franklin – dance tonight

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Rodney Franklin (born September 16, 1958, Berkeley, California) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

At the age of six he took jazz piano lessons at Washington Elementary School. He was taught by Dr Herb Wong who was a jazz journalist, disc jockey and music teacher. Prior to signing up with CBS Records in 1978, Franklin worked with John Handy in San Francisco, as well as Bill Summers, Freddie Hubbard and Marlena Shaw.

His debut CBS album was In The Center (1978), a jazz fusion album featuring “On the Path” and “I Like the Music Make It Hot”. Although aged 20 when he recordedthe album, he had already developed his own sound which was influenced by McCoy Tyner and George Duke, Chick Corea and Lonnie Liston Smith. In 1980 the album You’ll Never Know saw some major chart success with “The Groove” (it reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart). The track was released on both 7″ and 12″ format. It created a UK dance craze called ‘The Freeze’ which was started up by DJ Chris Hill.

Additional albums which were also recorded on the CBS label have included Rodney Franklin (released in 1980), Endless Flight (1981), Learning To Love (1982),Marathon (1984) (probably his most famous in the UK, produced by bass player Stanley Clarke), ‘Skydance’ (1985) and ‘It Takes Two’ (1986). In 1988 he moved over to the BMG record label and recorded Diamond Inside Of You which introduced vocals by Jennifer Holliday on the single, “Gotta Give It Up”. In addition, Franklin has also produced and released an album on Nova Records called Love Dancin’ in 1992.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Franklin