“Let the Music Play: The Barry White Story” is a 52-minute
documentary with an additional 20 minutes of bonus
features. It was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment
during 2000. This all-too-brief portrait is of a man following
his dream, and becoming one of the world’s top
performer/songwriter/musicians in the Funk/Soul/Disco
Barry White was a prolific recording artist who was not only
groundbreaking due to his deep, resonant singing and
speaking voice, but also because of his ability to churn
out hits, while bringing the symphonic sound into greater
prominence in Popular music, particularly for his
“Love Unlimited” group.
White (1944-2003) was featured here in performances
and interviews, with additional input from his family
members, Smokey Robinson, Ray Parker, Jr., and others.
If anything, this documentary placed too much focus on
his final months in the hospital, and the legal maneuvers
of his “agent.” I wish the film weren’t so short; however,
I’m grateful for what I learned about him and found
this film to be most enlightening.