The Love Unlimited Orchestra

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See also: Love Unlimited
The Love Unlimited Orchestra
Origin San Pedro, CA, United States
Genres Soul, Funk, R&B, Disco
Years active 1973–1983
Associated acts Barry White
Past members David T. Walker
Emmett North, Jr.
Don Peake
Ernie Watts
Gene Page
Kenny G.
Lee Ritenour
Steve Guillory Sr.
Melvin Ragin
Ray Parker Jr.
Nathan East
Stella Castelucci
And Others

The Love Unlimited Orchestra, formed by American R&B/soul musician Barry White, was a 40-piece string-laden orchestra that served as a backing unit for Barry White and female vocal trio Love Unlimited. From the early 1970s on, they also recorded several singles and albums under their own name.

Their biggest hit single was 1973's instrumental disc, "Love's Theme". The track, written by Barry White, went to No. 1 for one week in the U.S. and No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The R.I.A.A. awarded a gold disc on 7 February 1974.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[2]
US R&B
[2]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1974 Rhapsody in White 8 2 26 7 50 20th Century
Together Brothers 85 15
White Gold 28 10 93 52
1975 Music Maestro Please 94 14
1976 My Sweet Summer Suite 123 35
1978 My Musical Bouquet 201 53 20th Century Fox
1979 Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Bit Different
1981 Let 'Em Dance Unlimited Gold
Welcome Aboard
1983 Rise
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
US
A/C

[2]
US
Dan

[2]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1973 "Love's Theme" 1 10 1 9 1 10
1974 "Rhapsody in White" 63 48 34 63
"Theme from Together Brothers"
"Baby Blues" 102
1975 "Satin Soul" 22 23 39 11 54
"Forever in Love" 22
"Midnight Groove" 108 91
1976 "My Sweet Summer Suite" 48 28 30 1
"Brazilian Love Song"
1977 "Theme from King Kong (Part 1)" 68 15 27 7
1978 "Hey Look at Me, I'm in Love"
1979 "Theme from Shaft"
1980 "Young America"
"I Wanna Boogie and Woogie with You"
1981 "Vieni Qua Bella Mi"
"Lift Your Voice and Say (United We Can Live in Peace Today)" 76
"Welcome Aboard" 59
1982 "Night Life in the City"
1983 "Do It to the Music... Please"
"My Laboratory (Is Ready for You)"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 330. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  3. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ a b "CAN Charts > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". RPM. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  5. ^ a b "UK Charts > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  6. ^ a b "US Certifications > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 

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