Leon Haywood

Real Name:
Otha Leon Haywood
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Otha Leon Haywood (b.February 11, 1942, Houston, Texas, USA – d.April 5, 2016, Los Angeles, California, USA) was an American funk and soul singer, songwriter and record producer. Leon Haywood founded the Evejim Records label in the 1980's.

An accomplished songwriter and arranger who periodically dented the charts in the 1970's, Haywood never pretended to be an innovator. His hits are cheerful derivations of '70's mid-tempo funk and romantic ballads, usually embellished by smooth string charts.
Haywood's roots extend way further back than the '70's. In the early '60's he toured and recorded with R&B saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's band (which also backed Sam Cooke on the road). In the mid-'60's, he had his first chart entry with "She's With Her Other Love" on Imperial. In 1967, he had a solid R&B hit (and small pop one) with "It's Got to Be Mellow," whose commercial soul sound betrayed his Motown influence.
He didn't come into his own as a solo artist until the mid-'70's, when he had big R&B hits with "Strokin'," "Come and Get Yourself Some," and "Keep It in the Family." His biggest single, "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You", crossed over to the Top 20 pop listings. The disco-ish "Don't Push It Don't Force It" was his biggest splash, making number two R&B in 1980. After the mid-'80's, he eased out of the record business into business ventures; in the 1990's, he produced blues albums by Jimmy McCracklin and others on his own EveJim label.
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Albums

8206 Leon Haywood - The Mellow, Mellow Leon Haywood album art Leon Haywood The Mellow, Mellow Leon Haywood (Album) Galaxy 8206 US 1964 Sell This Version
LP 2525, LP-2525 Leon Haywood - Soul Cargo album art Leon Haywood Soul Cargo (Album) Fat Fish Records LP 2525, LP-2525 US 1966 Sell This Version
DL 4949 Leon Haywood - It's Got To Be Mellow album art Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow (Album) Decca DL 4949 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
8411 Leon Haywood - Back To Stay album art Leon Haywood Back To Stay (Album) 20th Century Records 8411 US 1973 Sell This Version
C-440 Leon Haywood - Keep It In The Family album art Leon Haywood Keep It In The Family (Album) 20th Century Records C-440 US 1974 Sell This Version
BT 476 Leon Haywood - Come And Get Yourself Some album art Leon Haywood Come And Get Yourself Some (Album) 20th Century Records BT 476 UK 1975 Sell This Version
SBP 234920 Leon Haywood - Intimate album art Leon Haywood Intimate (Album) Columbia SBP 234920 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
GP-449 Leon Haywood - Hey! Mr. Big Ben album art Leon Haywood Hey! Mr. Big Ben(LP, Album) 20th Century Records GP-449 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
GL.1801 Leon Haywood - Believe Half Of What You See album art Leon Haywood Believe Half Of What You See(LP, Album) 20th Century Records GL.1801 Rhodesia 1977 Sell This Version
MCF 2837, 0C 062-60 690, MCA 2322 Leon Haywood - Double My Pleasure album art Leon Haywood Double My Pleasure (Album) MCA Records MCF 2837, 0C 062-60 690, MCA 2322 UK 1978 Sell This Version
202 905 Leon Haywood - Energy album art Leon Haywood Energy (Album) MCA Records 202 905 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
T-613 Leon Haywood - Naturally album art Leon Haywood Naturally (Album) 20th Century Fox Records T-613 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
422-810 304-1 M-1, 810 304-1 M-1 Leon Haywood - It's Me Again album art Leon Haywood It's Me Again (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca 422-810 304-1 M-1, 810 304-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
BR 71009-2 Leon Haywood - Freaky Man album art Leon Haywood Freaky Man (Album) Evejim Records, Bellmark Records, Life Records BR 71009-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
EJ 2059-2 Leon Haywood - The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (There Ain't Enough Hate Around) album art Leon Haywood The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (There Ain't Enough Hate Around)(CD, Album) Evejim Records EJ 2059-2 US 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

570 Leon Haywood - I'm Gonna Wait / You're All For Yourself album art Leon Haywood I'm Gonna Wait / You're All For Yourself (Single) Fantasy 570 US 1964 Sell This Version
581 Leon Haywood - The Truth About Money / Would I album art Leon Haywood The Truth About Money / Would I (Single) Fantasy 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
66123 Leon Haywood - She's With Her Other Love / Pain In My Heart album art Leon Hayward* She's With Her Other Love / Pain In My Heart (Single) Imperial 66123 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
66149 Leon Haywood - 1-2-3 / Soul On album art Leon Haywood 1-2-3 / Soul On (Single) Imperial 66149 US 1965 Sell This Version
FF-8005 Leon Haywood - Soul Cargo / Spice Of The Blues album art Leon Haywood Soul Cargo / Spice Of The Blues (Single) Fat Fish Records FF-8005 US 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8008 Leon Haywood - Skate A While / Ever Since You Were Sweet Sixteen album art Leon Haywood Skate A While / Ever Since You Were Sweet Sixteen (Single) Fat Fish Records FF-8008 US 1966 Sell This Version
V-L.9280 Leon Haywood - Ain't No Use / Hey Hey Hey album art Leon Haywood Ain't No Use / Hey Hey Hey (Single) Fat Fish Records V-L.9280 US 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8001-A Leon Haywood - Aint No Use album art Leon Haywood Aint No Use(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo, Styrene) Fat Fish FF-8001-A US 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8011 Leon Haywood - Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans album art Leon Haywood Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans (Single) Fat Fish Records FF-8011 US 1967 Sell This Version
32230 Leon Haywood - Mellow Moonlight album art Leon Haywood Mellow Moonlight (Single) Decca 32230 US 1967 Sell This Version