Love's Theme

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"Love's Theme"
Single by The Love Unlimited Orchestra
from the album Rhapsody in White
B-side "Sweet Moments"
Released November 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, Disco
Length 3:36 (Single version)
Label 20th Century/Pye International
Writer(s) Barry White
Producer(s) Barry White
The Love Unlimited Orchestra singles chronology
"Love's Theme"
(1973)
"Rhapsody in White"
(1974)
Music sample

"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. The piece was included on two albums: 1973's Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited (by the vocal group Love Unlimited) and 1974's Rhapsody in White by Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The recording, with a large string orchestra, wah-wah guitar, and big rhythm, is considered[by whom?] 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 RPM 100 National Singles Chart on March 2, 1974.[1]

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 Liberator, released the same year) which used a 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 Mean Girls and Despicable Me 2.

Chart Positions[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions U.S.Certifications
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK
1974 "Love's Theme" 1 10 10 Gold

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References[edit]

  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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