Leon Haywood

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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Leon Haywood Discography

Albums

SLP 2525 Leon Haywood Soul Cargo (Album) Fat Fish Records SLP 2525 US 1966 Sell This Version
DL 4949 Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow (Album) Decca DL 4949 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
NSPL 28177 Leon Haywood Back To Stay (Album) 20th Century Records NSPL 28177 UK 1973 Sell This Version
6370 212 A Leon Haywood Keep It In The Family (Album) 20th Century Records 6370 212 A Italy 1974 Sell This Version
BT 476 Leon Haywood Come And Get Yourself Some (Album) 20th Century Records BT 476 UK 1975 Sell This Version
SBP 234920 Leon Haywood Intimate (Album) Columbia SBP 234920 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
MCF 2837 Leon Haywood Double My Pleasure (Album) MCA Records MCF 2837 UK 1978 Sell This Version
202 905 Leon Haywood Energy (Album) MCA Records 202 905 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
T-613 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) Casablanca, Casablanca 422-810 304-1 M-1, 810 304-1 M-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
EJ 2025 Leon Haywood The Leon Haywood Story Then & Now(LP) Evejim Records EJ 2025 US 1989 Sell This Version
BR 71009-4 Leon Haywood Freaky Man (Album) Evejim Records, Bellmark Records, Life Records BR 71009-4 US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

570 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(7", Single) Fantasy 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
66123 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 (Single) Imperial 66149 US 1965 Sell This Version
FF-8001 Leon Haywood Ain't No Use / Hey (Single) Fat Fish Records FF-8001 US 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8008 Leon Haywood Skate A While / Ever Since You Were Sweet Sixteen Fat Fish Records FF-8008 US 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8005 Leon Haywood Soul Cargo / Spice Of The Blues(7") Fat Fish Records FF-8005 US 1966 Sell This Version
F 1551 Leon Haywood Soul Cargo (Part I And Part Il)(7") Fat Fish Records F 1551 UK 1966 Sell This Version
FF-8011 Leon Haywood Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans (Single) Fat Fish Records FF-8011 US 1967 Sell This Version
32230 Leon Haywood Tennessee Waltz / Mellow Moonlight (Single) Decca 32230 US 1967 Sell This Version
32164 Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow / Cornbread And Buttermilk (Single) Decca 32164 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
32348 Leon Haywood You Don't Have To See Me Cry / I Don't Want To Talk About It Baby (Single) Decca 32348 US 1968 Sell This Version
32310 Leon Haywood It's The Last Time / Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Have Mercy Baby) (Single) Decca 32310 US 1968 Sell This Version

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ARW747

ARW747

April 6, 2016
RIP, Leon. Still love that song, "Do something Freaky to you"

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