Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s

Biography

Barry White, New Jersey, USA. Often hailed as the new Little Richard, and championed by the UK disc jockey Andy Kershaw, US rocker Barrence Whitfield emerged with his Savages in the mid-80s and looked set to make a commotion with his wild, primal rock ‘n’ roll. White grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and had all but given up on music for a journalistic career when he was spotted singing in the second hand record shop where he held a part-time job. Adopting his new moniker and forming a band comprised of various ex-members of Boston’s the Lyres, the Savages first two album releases admirably captured the atmosphere of their live concerts.

After the release of the mini-album, Call Of The Wild in 1987, Whitfield’s momentum was unbalanced when his record distributors went out of business. The French independent label New Rose came to his rescue, enabling him to release Let’s Lose It. Whitfield put the Savages on hold...

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