Barry White
American singer Barry White gestures before a press conference in Madrid, June 21, 2000. Reuters

Tuesday, July 4, marks the 14th death anniversary of three-time Grammy Award-winner Barry White.

White was born Sept. 12, 1944 in Galveston, Texas and grew up in Los Angeles. He formed the Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1969 and with it he went to produce hits such as "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby," "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up," "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" and "You're The First, The Last, My Everything."

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White was known for his unique deep voice and lyrics, along with a romantic image. His lyrics also had sexual content, because of which he became a soul sex symbol.

Following are some quotes by White gathered from Brainy Quote and AZ Quotes:

“When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy.”

“I'm never gonna quit, cause quitting' just ain't my schtick.”

“I try to tell a story musically in a song.”

“Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form. It made the consumer beautiful. The consumer was the star.”

“When I commit, I commit with my whole heart, my whole being. I know the Bible like the back of my hand.”

“I don't know if it's my music, my lyrics, my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do-all I can say is, my career has lasted way longer than I expected.”

“One preacher turned me on, another turned me off.”

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“We are all gods, all forces of nature. We can destroy, we can build. We are like oceans and like fires.”

“The women used the music to get their men to relate to them better: ‘talk to me, tell me what's on your mind.’ Men used the music to get the girls in the mood to make love. So either way you had it, Barry White is the one artist who actually was in your bedroom with you at your most sacred, sensuous moment of your life.”

“I woke up one morning, went downstairs, said 'Good morning' to my mother and nearly scared both of us to death.'”

“As a boy, I believed freedom for America meant freedom for me. There was a time I believed every word spoken.”

“There's a time when people give their words to each other it has to mean something. I'm a street cat. I've belonged in gangs and when you had a partner, you went down with your partner whether you won the fight or lost it. You went down together.”

“The whole system of society tells you what to do.”

“All I had was the will and the love for music. I couldn't read music or write it. No connections, no car, no money, no bankroll, no clothes, no nothing.”

“I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.”

“Blacks own so little of the music business, it's pathetic. But I see that changing soon. Black artists, black businessmen and women will unite.”