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

Leon Haywood Soul Cargo (Album) Fat Fish Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow (Album) Decca Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Back To Stay (Album) 20th Century Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Keep It In The Family (Album) 20th Century Records Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Come And Get Yourself Some (Album) 20th Century Records UK 1975 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Intimate (Album) Columbia Australia 1976 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Double My Pleasure (Album) MCA Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Energy (Album) MCA Records Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Naturally (Album) 20th Century Fox Records Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood It's Me Again (Album) Casablanca, Casablanca 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
Leon Haywood Freaky Man (Album) Evejim Records, Bellmark Records, Life Records US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

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(7", Single) Fantasy 581 US 1964 Sell This Version
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 (Single) Imperial US 1965 Sell This Version
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 Fat Fish Records 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
Leon Haywood Baby Reconsider / Goin' Back To New Orleans (Single) Fat Fish Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood Tennessee Waltz / Mellow Moonlight (Single) Decca US 1967 Sell This Version
Leon Haywood It's Got To Be Mellow / Cornbread And Buttermilk (Single) Decca Canada 1967 Sell This Version
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 It's The Last Time / Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Have Mercy Baby) (Single) Decca 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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