Love's Theme" is an instrumental piece recorded by Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra and released in 1973 as an A-Side single. It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, which it did in early 1974. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1974. The piece was included on two albums: 1973's [1 ] (by the vocal group Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited ) and 1974's Love Unlimited by Rhapsody in White Love Unlimited Orchestra.
The recording, with a large string orchestra,
wah-wah guitar, and big rhythm, is considered by author Peter Shapiro to be an influence to the disco sound, which would explode in popularity the following year. The song was also popular on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S., where the song spent two weeks at #1. It was also used by ABC Sports for many years as the opening theme music for its golf coverage. In Canada, the single saw similar success, reaching #1 on the National Singles Chart on March 2, 1974. RPM 100 [2 ]
In addition, "Love's Theme" was also recorded in a vocal version by
Love Unlimited (on their 1974 album In Heat), . Enoch Light recorded an electro-disco instrumental version of the song on his 1977 album, Disco Disque. The song is also part of Meco's instrumental medley "Hooked On Instrumentals Part I" (from the 1985 album Hooked On Instrumentals). In May 1993, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released the single " Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)" (from their album , released the same year) which used a Liberator sample of this Barry White composition. This single reached #24 on the UK Singles Chart, and Barry White was given a writing credit.
This song was covered by American smooth jazz trumpeter
Rick Braun and by American guitarist Chuck Loeb.
The Hong Kong-based
Cathay Pacific Airways used the song for their TV advertisements. It was also featured briefly in , Mean Girls and Despicable Me 2 . The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
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References [ edit ]
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
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