As a surname, White may not be as popular as other coloured surnames, but that hasn't stopped a number of singers called White having had chart hits in the UK. As with most shared musicians surnames, none of them are related, and their chart careers can either be hit or miss - a number of chart hits versus just the one or two. Anyroads, without much further ado, here is a look at all the singers whose surname is White that have had hits in the UK charts.
- First on the list of singers whose surname is White that have had hits in the UK charts is by far the biggest and best known of all of them. Barry White. Popularly known as the 'Walrus Of Love', Barry White had his first UK chart hit in the summer of 1973 when I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby hit a peak of number 23. Early the following year, follow up single Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up hit a peak of number 14. The career of Barry White was about to climb even higher. US number one Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Babe hit a peak of number 8 in August 1974 and in November of the same year Barry White scored what would be his one and only number one hit in the UK when You're The First The Last My Everything. From that point on until 1979 Barry White continued to rack up the chart hits, many of them hitting the top 10. The 1980's were a quiet decade for Barry White though with only one new track charting in the UK - Sho' You Right - which hit a peak of number 14 in November 1987. The only other chart appearance from Barry White in the 1980's was a remix version of Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up which crept to number 63 in the UK charts in early 1988. He made something of a chart comeback in the UK in the mid 1990's when Practice What You Preach hit number 20 in January 1995, I Only Want To Be With You hit number 36 in April 1995 and In Your Wildest Dreams (a duet with Tina Turner) hit number 32 in December 1996. The last chart appearance for Barry White (who died in 2003) came in November 2000 when a remix of Let The Music Play hit number 45 in the UK charts.
- Next up comes a UK singer and bass player called Chris White who managed to only score one UK chart hit. Released in May 1976 Chris White managed to take the song Spanish Wine to a peak of number 37.
- US singer Karyn White first hit the UK charts in November 1988 with the song The Way You Love Me which climbed to a peak of number 42. Follow up single Secret Rendezvous hit number 52. The third UK chart hit from Karyn White, Superwoman, became quite a big hit, climbing to a peak of number 11 in June 1989. On the back of that success Secret Rendezvous was re-released and it climbed to a peak of number 22. Moving in to the 1990's, Karyn White took her song Romantic (which had been a US number one) to a peak of number 23. It was the last time that she had a top 40 in the UK. The last two chart entries from Karyn White, The Way I Feel About You and Hungah, reached a peak of number 65 and 69 respectively.
- The next White on the list is UK female singer Keisha White. Her chart debut was in March 2004 when Watcha Gonna Do reached number 53. Her follow up single, Don't Care Who Knows, did much better, climbing to a peak of number29 in March 2005. A full year later, next single The Weakness In Me became her biggest ever hit when it reached number 17. It seems to have been all down hill from there though as Don't Mistake Me only reached number 48 and then I Choose Life only got to number 63. Nothing from Keisha White has hit the UK charts since then but rumour has it that she is about to try and make a come back!
- Snowy White was a one time Thin Lizzy guitarist who launched his solo career in the 1980's. His first UK chart hit was Bird Of Paradise which climbed to an impressive number 6 in December 1983, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The next time (and last time) that Snowy White hit the UK chart was 2 years later when For You reached number 65.
- In the 1960's, Scottish singer Tam White performed with the jazz club The Boston Dexters. In the 1970's he ended up as a Television presenter in Scotland. In March 1975 he had his one and only dalliance with the UK charts when he took the song What In The World's Come Over You to a peak of number 36 - he also performed the song live on Top Of The Pops.
- Have you ever heard of the songs Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night In Georgia? Both were penned by American Tony Joe White, but made famous by others! Tony Joe White enjoyed his one and only UK chart hit in the summer of 1970 when Groupie Girl managed to make it to number 22.
And there you have it. I hope you have enjoyed learning about the singers whose surname is White that have had hits in the UK charts.