Song: “Love’s Theme” by the Love Unlimited Orchestra
Reached #1: February 9, 1974 (their first, 1 week)
It’s considered one of the first disco songs for its fusion of R&B and classical.
It was the theme for pro golf on ABC for years.
And it’s only one of two pop #1’s for one of the greatest voices ever in pop music – and, of course, we never hear him on the song.
The Love Unlimited Orchestra was supposed to be the backing band for White’s girl-group Love Unlimited. Didn’t work out that way – instead, he created an album of R&B/classical fusion with them, and released it in 1974. The band then became White’s backing band for the rest of his career.
And let’s face it – if you’re under 40, Barry White and/or Love Unlimited Orchestra might be part of the reason you’re here… I’m sure we’ll never know how many couples got into the mood to the music of Barry White. Especially as many of them probably won’t admit to it…
It’s just a shame we lost him so young – he didn’t even make it to 60, passing away in 2003.
Interesting note: this song does have lyrics, although I’m sure none of us have ever heard them…
Tomorrow, a singer who got his first big break while singing to himself, drunk, on a railway platform, after a concert he attended.
Other songs that reached #1 on February 9:
1957 – Three songs hit #1 on the three Billboard charts on this day:
* “Too Much”/”Playing For Keeps” by Elvis Presley (his fifth, 4 weeks, Best Seller chart)
* “Don’t Forbid Me” by Pat Boone (his third, 2 weeks, Disk Jockey chart)
* “Young Love” by Sonny James (his first, 1 week, Top 100 chart)
1959 – “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price (his first, 4 weeks)
1963 – “Hey Paula” by Paul and Paula (their first, 3 weeks)
1991 – “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C&C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams (their first, 2 weeks)