On this day in music history: May 26, 1973 - “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” by Barry White hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on June 23, 1973. Written and produced by Barry White, it is the first chart topping single for the singer, songwriter and musician known as “The Maestro”. The song is originally written as a demo for another artist, but the reluctant White ends up recording it himself when he finds that no other singer than he is better suited to sing it. Fate also plays a hand in the record being released. Russ Regan, the head of Uni Records (who White knows from having released the first Love Unlimited record on the label) leaves the label for 20th Century Records, taking White with him. In the interim, Regan plays White’s then still unreleased album for Elton John, who loves it so much that he steals a dub copy of the album off of Regan’s desk, taking it back to England with him and playing it for music industry friends. The buzz generated by Elton’s enthusiasm for the record in turn convinces executives at 20th Century to release White’s record (who initially don’t like it) in the US and eventually worldwide. The song is later sampled numerous times over the years including by De La Soul (“De La Orgee”), The Notorious B.I.G. (“One More Chance” (Remix)), Boss (“Deeper”), Daft Punk (“Da Funk”), Nas (“One Mic”) and Rick Ross (“Even Deeper”). I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.