Keith Barrow is mostly known for his songs "You Know You Wanna Be Loved” and "Turn It Up". A Chicago native, Keith Barrow was the son of Rev. Willie Barrow (Read Interview), an active member of Rev. Jesse Jackson's Push Organization.
In his teens, Barrow was a member of a gospel group called the “Soul Shakers.”
In the summer of 1977, he released his first eponym album, produced by MFSB guitarist/songwriter Bobby Eli]. Only one track, "Mr. Magic Man," was a commercial success.
Barrow's career took off in the late 1970s. "You Know You Wanna Be Loved," produced by Michael Stokes, reached to #26 in summer 1978.
The album Physical Attraction featured two disco hits, "Physical Attraction" and "Turn It Up.”
After switching to Capitol Records, Barrow recorded the album “Just As I Am” in 1980.
An Early AIDS Victim
In the summer of 1983, Keith Barrow felt too ill to perform on stage in Paris. Upon his return to Chicago, Barrow was admitted to the Michael Reese hospital and was diagnosed with AIDS.
At the age of 29, Keith Barrow died of complications from an AIDS-related illness. African American newspapers never mentioned the cause of his death.