In 1977, Barry White
resumed his Caribbean South American tour after being released from
house arrest in Santo Domingo following a dispute with the promoters of the
concert he gave in the Dominican Republic capitol. White and his entourage
had been held under ‘armed guard,’ at their hotel for almost 48 hours
before a series of phone calls involving the US Consulate and other
high officials gained their release. The incident began during a party
at a club following the ‘Miss Universe,’ contest. The sound system
malfunctioned and White cut his performance short, with apologies to the 1,000
patrons. The irate manager of the club blamed White for the faulty
sound system and demanded $50,000 compensation. An armed guard
was placed at White’s hotel suite until the controversy was resolved.
Barry White and his entourage were eventually permitted to board a jet for Buenos
Aires to continue the tour.