The Love Unlimited Orchestra

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The Love Unlimited Orchestra
OriginSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California
Genres
Years active1973–1983
Associated actsBarry White
Past membersJohn Roberts (Orchestra leader)
David T. Walker
Emmett North, Jr.
Don Peake
Ernie Watts
Gene Page
Kenny G
Lee Ritenour
Steve Guillory Sr.
Wah Wah Watson (Melvin Ragin)
Ray Parker Jr.
Nathan East
Wilton Felder
Stella Castelucci
And Others

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

Career[edit]

Their biggest hit single was 1973's instrumental single, "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 Certifications Album
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 Rhapsody in White
1974 "Rhapsody in White" 63 48 34 63
"Theme from Together Brothers" Together Brothers
"Baby Blues" 102 Rhapsody in White
1975 "Satin Soul" 22 23 39 11 54 White Gold
"Forever in Love" 22 Music Maestro Please
"Midnight Groove" 108 91
1976 "My Sweet Summer Suite" 48 28 30 1 My Sweet Summer Suite
"Brazilian Love Song"
1977 "Theme from King Kong (Part 1)" 68 15 27 7 Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Bit Different
1978 "Hey Look at Me, I'm in Love" My Musical Bouquet
1979 "Theme from Shaft" Super Movie Themes: Just a Little Bit Different
1980 "Young America" Let 'Em Dance
"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
"Welcome Aboard" 59
1982 "Night Life in the City"
1983 "Do It to the Music... Please" Rise
"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 c "US Certifications > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Love Unlimited Orchestra: Rhapsody in White". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 10, 2020.

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