RIP: Texas Born R&B Singer Leon Haywood 1942-2016
Leon Haywood, singer-songwriter and producer of the classic hit "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 74 according to The Associated Press.
Haywood was born in Houston, and came up as a blues musician performing with Guitar Slim before moving to Los Angeles and producing a few hits with sporadic success. It was Haywood's 1975 hit "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You" that has been the most recognized song of his career thanks to sampling from hip hop artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg who crafted their own classic "Nuthin But A G Thang".
But Haywood's contributions extend further than that one song. He scored a Top 5 Hit in 1980 with "Don't Push It Don't Force It" and in 1981 earned a Grammy nomination for co-writing "She's A Bad Mama Jama" with Carl Carlton.