After Party! Anotha ‘G’ Thang – Leon Haywood on – 107pfm.net
Written by 107PowerFM.Net on December 18, 2019
Otha Leon Haywood (February 11, 1942 – April 5, 2016) was an American funk and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his 1975 hit single “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You”, which has been much sampled by Dr. Dre and others.
In 1967, Haywood secured his first solo hit with “It’s Got to Be Mellow” (R&B #21 and Pop #63) on Decca Records. He played on further recording sessions with the Packers and Dyke & the Blazers, then returned to recording under his own name. He also established in 1967 a production company, Evejim, named after his parents.
In 1980, Haywood revived the shuffle beat of 1950s rock and roll with “Don’t Push It Don’t Force It” (R&B #2 and Pop #49). This single also reached #12 in the UK, where he is considered a one-hit wonder. Haywood is credited with writing the 1981 hit “She’s a Bad Mama Jama” by Carl Carlton, which he produced in his own studio. In 1983, he released the album It’s Me Again, which featured a couple minor R&B hits. His last R&B chart record was “Tenderoni” (#22) in 1984.