Barry White, The Maestro And The Walrus Of Love, Wore A Rolex Day-Date Presidential
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On the cover of Barry Whiteâ€™s autobiography that was entitled, Barry White: My Everything, the man they simply called â€œThe Maestroâ€ wears a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date Presidential. During his lifetime, Barry White always wore his Rolex Day-Date Presidential in yellow gold because it symbolized his incredible success story from the streets of Los Angeles to the biggest arenas and performance halls all over the world. Barry White also was known as “the Walrus of Love,” a nickname that encompassed his size, his deep voice and his reputation as one of R&B’s most romantic singers. Born September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas, Barry White was raised in Los Angeles. He immersed himself in the local music scene while still very young, playing piano on Jesse Belvin’s hit, “Goodnight My Love” at the age of 11. At 20th Century Records, Barry Whiteâ€™s first album was 1973’s “I’ve Got So Much To Give,” which lived up to its title and went gold, and featured the #3 Billboard single, “I’m Gonna Love Ya Just a Little More, Baby”. Using his own success as a springboard, Barry White had an idea for a concept album. His lifelong dream had been to write and produce soul music for a full orchestra. The brass at 20th Century Fox were skeptical to say the least. Soul music performed by an orchestra? After some convincing, however, the Love Unlimited Orchestra was a reality. Barry White’s distinctive, smooth bass voice was backed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra on their debut album, “Rhapsody in White”, which went gold from the strength of a #1 Billboard single called “Love’s Theme”, a slickly-produced soul song that signaled the beginning of the disco era. For the next five years, from 1974 to 1979, there was no stopping the Barry White train and his astonishing hit parade, as he became the chosen voice of the love song in classic soul.
During the 1980s, Barry Whiteâ€™s fortunes waned as the hits suddenly stopped, but in the 1990s his career was revived, thanks in part to appearances on the television shows Ally McBeal and The Simpsons. In 1999, Barry White made a big comeback with “Staying Powerâ€, an album that highlighted the best tradition of soul music where the focus is the singer and the song. For this inspiring effort, Barry White received recognition at the 2000 Grammy Awards when he won his first two awards for best male and traditional R&B vocal performance. After suffering a stroke, Barry White passed away on July 4, 2003. Katharine Denton, Barry Whiteâ€™s girlfriend at the time of his passing, says the Singer showered her with presents “including a Chow, a Rolex and a Lexusâ€. After all, Barry White knew how to spoil his love with only the very best. Barry White always will be remembered for a career that took him from the ghetto to international success that was symbolized by his Rolex Day-Date Presidential. Incredibly, the Walrus of Love and the Lover of Rolex had 106 gold and 41 platinum albums, 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide sales in excess of 100 million. At the time of his death, Barry White was a pop culture icon whose name was synonymous with intimate mood music. With the Rolex Day-date Presidential in yellow gold, Barry White chose a luxury watch that mirrored his own success. The 18k Men’s Rolex Day Date Presidential is the most famous high-end wristwatch made in history. This watch continues to be the most popular among CEOâ€™s, movie stars, and those requiring the absolute best in life. As many say, “You havenâ€™t made it until you have a Presidential.â€ Without question, Barry White, the Maestro and the Walrus of Love, made it to the very top of the music world with his classic love songs, his incredible baritone voice, and a yellow gold Rolex Day-Date Presidential on his wrist.