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Black History Month Celebration: Remembering Keith Barrow, Chicago's R&B Melodic Maestro



As we celebrate Black History Month, it's important to remember the artists who have enriched the soul and R&B genre with their undeniable talent. One such artist is Keith Barrow, a hidden gem in the world of R&B and soul music. Born and raised in Chicago, Barrow's journey in music was marked by his soulful vocals and heartfelt performances, leaving an indelible mark on the genre during the 1970s.


Barrow's career in music began with his transition from Chicago to New York City and then Los Angeles, where he signed with Columbia Records/CBS around 1976. One of his notable early achievements was the charting single "Teach Me (It's Something About Love)" for Blue Magic, which was featured on the band's fourth studio album "Mystic Dragons." This song charted at No. 48 on the Billboard R&B chart.


His eponymous debut album, produced by MFSB guitarist/songwriter Bobby Eli, was released in the summer of 1977. Although the initial single from the album, "Precious," did not meet with much success, his career soon took off with his second album, "Physical Attraction," in 1978. This album featured his biggest hit and signature tune, "You Know You Want to be Loved," which climbed to No. 26 on the R&B charts in summer 1978. The album also included the disco hits "Physical Attraction" and "Turn It Up," which became favorites among dancefloor aficionados.



Keith Barrow's You Know You Want to Be Love Featured on Soul Train


In 1980, Barrow switched to the Capitol Records label and recorded his third and final studio album, "Just As I Am," before his health began to decline. This album featured the single "Why Love Half The World (When You Can Love The Whole World)."

Tragically, Barrow's career and life were cut short when he passed away in 1983 at the age of 29 due to complications from AIDS. His death was a significant loss to the music industry, particularly the soul and R&B genres.


Keith Barrow's musical legacy continues to resonate with fans of classic soul. His songs like "You Know You Want to Be Loved" and "Physical Attraction" remain beloved by many, serving as a testament to his talent and impact in the music world. As we remember his contributions this Black History Month, we honor the memory of an artist whose voice and music continue to inspire and move us.

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