Love Unlimited

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Love Unlimited
OriginSan Pedro, California[1]
GenresSoul, R&B, funk
Years active1969–1985
LabelsUNI, 20th Century Fox
Past membersGlodean James
Linda James
Diane Taylor (deceased)

Love Unlimited was a female vocal trio that provided backing vocals for American R&B/soul singer Barry White on his albums and concert tours. They also found success with their own recordings.

Career[edit]

Formed in 1969, the group included Barry White’s future wife, Glodean James, her sister, Linda James, and their cousin Diane Taylor (who died of cancer in Pomona, California on November 29, 1985 at age 38).

Their first hit was "Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love" in 1972. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 7 on the Cash Box Top 100, and 6 on the Best Selling Soul Singles Chart. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in July 1972.[2] In 1975, they had their first and only number 1 song, "I Belong to You", which spent a week at the top of the Best Selling Soul Singles Chart. It also peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1973, when their album titled Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, Love Unlimited became the first female group to have an album reach the top five since Greatest Hits Vol. 3 from Diana Ross and the Supremes in 1970.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Love Unlimited among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[4]
US R&B
[4]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
1972 From a Girl's Point of View We Give to You... Love Unlimited 151 19 UNI
1973 Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited 3 3 18 1 20th Century
1974 In Heat 85 15 81
1977 He's All I've Got 192 51 Unlimited Gold
1979 Love Is Back 70
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
CAN
[6]
UK
[8]
Bel
NL
1972 "Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love" 14 6 40 14 15
"Is It Really True Boy - Is It Really Me" 101
"Are You Sure"
1973 "Fragile - Handle with Care"
"Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It" 70
"Yes, We Finally Made It" 101
"It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)" 83 35 11
1974 "Under the Influence of Love" 76 70 78
"People of Tomorrow Are the Children of Today"
"I Belong to You" 27 1 37
1975 "Share a Little Love in Your Heart" 21
1977 "I Did It for Love" 66
1979 "High Steppin', Hip Dressin' Fella (You Got It Together)" 45
1980 "I'm So Glad That I'm a Woman" 96 2 2
"If You Want Me, Say It" 71
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Love Unlimited - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 315. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Love Unlimited". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Love Unlimited". RPM. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  7. ^ "US Certifications > Love Unlimited". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  8. ^ "UK Charts > Love Unlimited". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-02-19.

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