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, in early 1974. The piece was included on two albums: 1973's (by the vocal group Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited ) and 1974's Love Unlimited . Rhapsody in White
The recording, with a large string orchestra and
wah-wah guitar, is considered to be an influence to the disco sound, which would explode in popularity the following year. The song was also popular on the Billboard 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 [1 ]
In addition, "Love's Theme" has been recorded with lyrics (penned by White's publisher,
Aaron Schroeder), with vocal versions by such artists as Love Unlimited (on their 1974 album In Heat), Julio Iglesias, and Andy Williams. 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. [ ] citation needed
The Hong Kong-based
Cathay Pacific Airways used the song for their TV advertisements. It was also featured briefly in and Mean Girls Despicable Me 2.
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References [ edit ]
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
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