As originally written by Sterling Radcliffe, "You're My First, the Last, My Everything" started out as a twangy country and western song complete with clomping sounds that sound like they were made by a walking horse. Radcliffe tried unsuccessfully for 21 years to get someone to record the song. Then the axiom "no good deed goes unnoticed" kicked it. One Christmas, Radcliffe bought toys for the children of a struggling songwriter/producer/arranger named Barry White whom he'd met through arranger Gene Page. Fast forward some years later and Radcliffe called White, who was now amassing gold- and platinum-laced chart-topping success with himself, Love Unlimited, and the Love Unlimited Orchestra. When he first heard "You're My First, the Last, My Everything," White's frequent songwriting partner Tony Sepe burst out laughing. White told Radcliffe to give him two weeks and he'd turn the song into a hit record. There was something magical about the session as White made up some of the lyrics to the song on the spot as he was recording the lead vocal. Included on the gold number one R&B/pop album Can't Get Enough (which also listed "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"), "You're My First, the Last, My Everything" went number one R&B and number two pop for two weeks in early 1975. During spring 2001, White recorded a duet version of the song with Luciano Pavarotti in Italy which was scheduled to be included in a segment of a PBS TV special.