Barry White Talks to TV Guide

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry White says spending six months in jail for stealing tires in 1960 helped him stay away from a life of violence and turn toward a life of music.

``I had to make a decision about whether I was going to continue fighting and all this other stuff, or try to do something positive with my life,'' White told TV Guide in its July 24 issue.

White said it was an Elvis Presley song, ``It's Now or Never,'' that helped him decide.

``The only thing I knew something about was music and that's the way I went,'' he said.

On the set of Fox's ``Ally McBeal,'' where he recently had a recurring role, he was asked for his autograph more than 60 times.

White is best known for his soul seduction songs of the 1970s, including ``Love's Theme,'' ``I've Got So Much to Give,'' and ``Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.''