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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8206 Leon Haywood - The Mellow, Mellow Leon Haywood album art Leon Haywood The Mellow, Mellow Leon Haywood(LP, Album) Galaxy 8206 US 1964 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Soul Cargo album art Leon Haywood Soul Cargo (Album) Fat Fish Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - It's Got To Be Mellow album art Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow (Album) Decca Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Back To Stay album art Leon Haywood Back To Stay (Album) 20th Century Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Keep It In The Family album art Leon Haywood Keep It In The Family (Album) 20th Century Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Come And Get Yourself Some album art Leon Haywood Come And Get Yourself Some (Album) 20th Century Records UK 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Intimate album art Leon Haywood Intimate (Album) Columbia Australia 1976 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Double My Pleasure album art Leon Haywood Double My Pleasure (Album) MCA Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Energy album art Leon Haywood Energy (Album) MCA Records Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Naturally album art Leon Haywood Naturally (Album) 20th Century Fox Records Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - It's Me Again album art Leon Haywood It's Me Again (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca US 1983 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Freaky Man album art Leon Haywood Freaky Man (Album) Evejim Records, Bellmark Records, Life Records 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

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 US 1964 Sell This Version
581 Leon Haywood - The Truth About Money / Would I album art Leon Haywood The Truth About Money / Would I(7", Single) Fantasy 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
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 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - 1-2-3 / Soul On album art Leon Haywood 1-2-3 / Soul On (Single) Imperial US 1965 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Soul Cargo / Spice Of The Blues album art Leon Haywood Soul Cargo / Spice Of The Blues (Single) Fat Fish Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Ain't No Use / Hey album art Leon Haywood Ain't No Use / Hey (Single) Fat Fish Records US 1966 Sell This Version
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 US 1966 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans album art Leon Haywood Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans (Single) Fat Fish Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Mellow Moonlight album art Leon Haywood Mellow Moonlight (Single) Decca US 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - It's Got To Be Mellow / Cornbread And Buttermilk album art Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow / Cornbread And Buttermilk (Single) Decca US 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - You Don't Have To See Me Cry / I Don't Want To Talk About It Baby album art Leon Haywood You Don't Have To See Me Cry / I Don't Want To Talk About It Baby (Single) Decca US 1968 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood - Blues Get Off My Shoulder / Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday album art Leon Haywood Blues Get Off My Shoulder / Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday (Single) Decca US 1968 Sell This Version

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