Leon Haywood

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul Vocals
Tags: funk soul 80s deep funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 February 1942, Houston, Texas, USA. This Los Angeles-based soul vocalist and keyboard player launched his career as a conventional entertainer with great success in the 60s, having over 20 singles on the US R&B charts from 1965. He listened to blues as a child and started playing piano at the age of three. In his teens, he performed with a local Houston group and accompanied blues artist Guitar Slim for some time. He relocated to Los Angeles in the early 60s and worked with saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, who arranged for him to record his first single, ‘Without A Love’, an instrumental on the small Swingin’ label. After that, he joined Sam Cooke’s band as keyboard player until the singer’s untimely death. Haywood next recorded two singles for Fantasy Records, and subsequently moved to Imperial Records, where he recorded the single ‘She’s With Her Other Love’, which made the R&B charts in 1965. He was part of two...

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