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Leon Haywood

Born: 1942-02-11 - Died: 2016-04-05
Cause of Death:
Undisclosed


Death Summary: Leon Haywood reportedly died in Los Angeles at the age of 74. It's unclear what the cause of death was as it was not disclosed in early reports.

Who was Leon Haywood : Leon Haywood was a funk and soul singer/songwriter as well as a record producer. He is responsible for the 1975 hit song "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You," which would go on to be sampled in an even bigger hit. The song's musical structure is the basis for Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," which was a smash, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and launching Dre's solo career following his N.W.A. years.

Haywood was born in Houston and began playing piano as a small child. In his teenage years, he performed with a local group and worked with Guitar Slim. He eventually moved to L.A. and teamed up with Big Jay McNeely before recording his first single. He also worked with Sam Cooke prior to Cooke's death. He worked with various artists over the years and would produce records for others.

Haywood had a number of other chart singles including "She's With Her Other Love," "It's Got to be Mellow," "Mellow Moonlight," "Keep it in the Family," "Long as There's You (I Got Love)," "Sugar Lump," "Believe Half of What You See (And None of What You Hear)," "Come an' Get Yourself Some," "Just Your Fool," "Strokin' (Pt. II)," "The Streets Will Love You to Death - Part 1," "Super Sexy," "Double My Pleasure," "Fine and Healthy Thing," "Party," "Don't Push It Don't Force It," "If You're Lookin' for a Night of Fun (Look Past Me, I'm Not the One)," "I'm Out to Catch," "T.V. Mama," and "Tenderoni."

Leon Haywood's discography consisted of the following albums: Soul Cargo, It's Got to Be Mellow, Back to Stay, Keep It in the Family, Come and Get Yourself Some, Intimate, Double My Pleasure, Energy, Naturally, It's Me Again, and Freaky Man.
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