RIP: Leon Ware, soul music producer and singer

RIP: Leon Ware, soul music producer and singer
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From NPR:

One of the underheralded architects of soul music has died: songwriter producer and singer Leon Ware, who penned classics for such artists as Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones and many more. He died Thursday at the age 77. His death was confirmed by his manager.

Born in Detroit in 1940, Ware became a Motown songwriter in his twenties. Soon, he was writing for the who’s who of Motor City — including Marvin Gaye, whose funk-infused 1976 album I Want You was co-produced by Ware, who also co-wrote every tune on the release. […]

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