Sunday, August 30, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Love Unlimited

Artist:Love Unlimited
Song:Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love
Album:The Best Of Love Unlimited

The girl group Love Unlimited are best known as the backup singers for legendary R & B crooner and maestro Barry White. But they also had chart success especially with this 1972 top 20 hit Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love. This was a hit before White became famous. Love Unlimited was a family group with sisters Glodean and Linda James and cousin Diane Taylor. Glodean married White after she was introduced to him by a mutual friend. White started working with the girls who had no professional singing experience. Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love was inspired by White's relationship with Glodean. And that's him on the record on the telephone. It was Barry White's first appearance on record. One of White's friends took the record to UNI Records head Russ Regan and he signed Love Unlimited. UNI was owned by MCA. Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Loved reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the R & B Singles chart. Not long after, Regan left UNI to become president of 20th Century Records. White's relationship with UNI soured. While trying to get Love Unlimited out of their contract, White recorded a couple of demos and he was convinced to take them to Regan. He signed with 20th Century and the rest is history. Eventually Love Unlimited recorded for 20th Century. The 1974 single I Belong To You topped the R & B Singles chart. Love Unlimited recorded occasionally but mostly they backed up White. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Love Unlimited's final album was in 1979. And Glodean and White recorded a 1981 album together. Diane Taylor died in 1989. Glodean continued to appear on White's recordings until his 2003 death. Here's Love Unlimited performing Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love on Soul Train 1972.

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