Barry White

You're the First, the Last, My Everything

Composed by Barry White / Peter Radcliffe / Tony Sepe

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Can't Get Enough 1974 Mercury / Def Jam / Island / PolyGram 4:36
Barry White's Greatest Hits 1975 Universal 4:34
No Image 1981 Unlimited Gold
Barry White: The Collection 1988 Universal 3:27
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Just for You 1992 Mercury / Casablanca 4:34
There Is Still Love (The Anniversary Songs) 1993
Various Artists
Scotti Brothers 4:37
Satin & Soul, Vol. 1: Best of Barry White 1994 VSOP
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Phantom
No Image 1994 Casablanca
Dance Fever: Hits of the 70's 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 4:34
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
Interscope / MCA 3:20
Ocean Drive, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
Ripete Records 3:32
All-Time Greatest Hits 1995 Mercury / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:29
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:23
Soul Emotion [Newsound] 1996
Various Artists
Newsound 3:23
Disco Fox, Vol. 4 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:35
Money Talks 1997
Original Soundtrack
Arista 4:33
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:36
No Image 1998
Various Artists
ZYX Music
Tales of the City 1998
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 3:24
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Essential Soundtracks 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:23
The Bachelor 1999
Original Soundtrack
RCA Victor 3:27
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:09
The Ultimate Collection [Mercury #2] 1999 Mercury 3:26
The Ultimate Collection [Universal - 2000] 2000 Hip-O / Universal Music 4:33
Legends of Music: Soul of the 70s, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Legends of Music Collection 3:34
Millennium Dance Party: Chicago-The Beat 103.5 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:09
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:09
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:24
New Woman 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:24
Lifetime Music Presents: Weddings of a Lifetime 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:36
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:36
Universal: The Ultimate Movie Album 2001
Various Artists
Decca
45's: 45 Classic No. 1's 2001
Various Artists
BMG
I Love Disco [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Ultimate Power of Body & Soul 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:34
Unchained Melodies [Telstar TV] 2002
Various Artists
BMG
Platinum Soul Legends 2002
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 4:35
No Image 2003
Various Artists
X-Media Records
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:35
Best of Barry White [Brentwood] 2003 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 4:35
Let the Music Play [Road Classics] 2003 Road Classics / Import 4:34
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 3:26
The D.I.S.C.O. Album 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
The Ultimate Collection [Box Set] 2003 CCM 4:33
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:21
Midnight Soul [The Right Stuff] 2004
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 3:26
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Back to Disco 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Capital Gold Love Legends 2004
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
70's Soul Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Sessions Records 3:25
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004
Various Artists
Digital / Universal 3:24
Capital Gold Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
No Image 2004 Mercury 3:25
Mega Disco Collection 2005
Various Artists
BR Music 3:23
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:22
Gold: The Very Best of Barry White 2005 Universal Distribution 3:25
Date Movie 2006
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 4:35
The Love Songs Album [#3] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:24
No Image 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Greatest Ever! Number 1's: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Party: 3-CD Box Set 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:23
The Greatest Love Song Collection 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:35
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal
Gold 2008 Hip-O / Universal Music 4:33
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 3:24
Feeling Good: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:24
No Image 2008 Universal / Universal Distribution 4:30
Number Ones 2009 Hip-O 3:33
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:22
Icon 2 2010 Hip-O 4:33
Jackie: The Party Album 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI TV 3:22
Salut Les Copains, Vol. 3: 1969-1976 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 4:34
The Best of Soul Train 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:34
Greatest Ever! Pop: The Definitive Collection 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:24
Greatest Ever! Girls' Night Out 2011
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:25
Dark Shadows [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:32
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:23
Greatest Ever Mum: The Definitive Collection 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 3:23
Camping Paradis [Original Soundtrack] 2014
Original Soundtrack
Wagram 3:26
5 Classic Albums 2014 Mercury 4:36
Now That's What I Call Legends 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 3:25
F.C. De Kampioenen 2: Jubilee General 2015
Various Artists
CNR 4:30
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:22
No Image
Various Artists
3:20
Carwash: Disco Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
Classic Love Songs [2017]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:33
Classic Party
Various Artists
Virgin EMI 3:25
I Am Happy
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 4:33
No Image
Various Artists
Universal / Universal India Ltd. 4:35
Love 70's [International Version]
Various Artists
Universal 3:26
No Image
Various Artists
X5 4:32
Memories, Not Just Music
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:39
Mother's Love Songs, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 3:26
Nostalgie Disco Fever
Various Artists
Wagram
Now That's What I Call '70s
Various Artists
Now!
Now That's What I Call a Singer
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:22
Soul Man
Various Artists
UMOD
The Nation's Favourite '70s Number Ones
Various Artists
Rhino 3:22
The Nation's Favourite Soul
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 4:33
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
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