The Love Unlimited Orchestra

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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
See also: Love Unlimited

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]



Year Album Chart Positions[2][3] U.S. Certifications[4]
U.S. U.S. R&B UK
1974 Rhapsody in White 8 2 50 Gold
Together Brothers 85 15
White Gold 28 10 Gold
1975 Music Maestro Please 94 14
1976 My Sweet Summer Suite 123 35
1978 My Musical Bouquet 201 53
1979 Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Bit Different
1981 Let 'Em Dance
Love Unlimited Orchestra Presents
Mr. Webster Lewis: Welcome Aboard
1983 Rise
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified


Year Single Chart Positions[2][3]
Hot 100
Hot Dance
1973 "Love's Theme" 1 10 10
1974 "Rhapsody in White" 63 48
"Satin Soul" 22 23 11
1975 "Forever in Love" 22
"Midnight Groove" 91
1976 "My Sweet Summer Suite" 48 28 1
1977 "Theme from King Kong (Part 1)" 68 15 7
1981 "Welcome Aboard" 59
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released


  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 "The Love Unlimited Orchestra discography". Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  3. ^ a b "The Love Unlimited Orchestra UK discography". Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  4. ^ "The Love Unlimited Orchestra certifications". Retrieved 2015-07-12. 

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