World of Slick Music – Leon Ware

Leon Ware
Hi folks i’m back again whether you like it or not 😉

Thought it was time for a singer again, don´t you think that as well? 🙂

Yepp this dude goes under the name of Leon Ware and the first time he met this world was February 16 in 1940 in Detroit, Michigan.

He grew up in the same town as he was born in and this town is perhaps most famous for 2 things, cars and Motown… oh sorry if you´re a sports fan and love icehockey the first thing you think about is Detroit Red Wings but enough of the town itself and back to Leon!

I mentioned Motown and it was here his career got started in 1967 when he got a job as a songwriter and he got to write songs for legends such as Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Four Tops.

 His first major hit came in 1972 when a young Michael Jackson recorded “I Wanna Be Where You Are”, later recorded by Leon himself on a solo album.

Since this song made it big time he was offered a own contract at United Artists Records and later the same year his first solo album called “Leon Ware” was released.

Afer this he returned to Motown and continued writing/co-writing songs but not only for Motown, he co wrote the song “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” with Quincy Jones for Q:s album “Body Heat”, picture below, released in 1974 and on this song he also sang along with Minnie Ripperton and Al Jarreau.

In 1976 he and his partner  Arthur “T-Boy” Ross,younger brother of Diana Ross, who is a former member of Motown girl-group The Surpremes as well as a solo artist, they were working on a demo for Leon´s second album, this one to be released on Motown Records.

They had a song called “I Want You” on the demo when company founder Berry Gordy heard it and said they should give it to Marvin Gaye.

Said and done, it became the title song for Marvin´s next album simply called “I Want You”, picture below, on which Leon co wrote and co produced.

During this years his wrote and co wrote songs for Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Jackson 5, Nancy Wilson, Ike & Tina Turner, Average White Band you can tell he was busy big time!

However in 1976 his 2nd album as solo was released on Motown, picture below, and this is pretty much what he has been up to ever since, writing and co writing recording solo albums.

 
 His solo albums have all been of different quality and commercial success and he has reached bigger commercial success as a songwriter rather than solo performer. This doessn´t mean that his solo work sucks, not at all and it´s always hard to know what record or song that will make it so to speak.

The song i´ve choosed is taken from another album, realeased in 1982, called “Leon Ware”, picture below, hm lack of fantasy here perhaps? 🙂

 
 Anyway since  i´m writing about slick music here the song is slick offcourse and it´s title is “Slippin’ Away”.

Enjoy your listening!!

Tags: #worldofslickmusic #leonware #detroit #michigan #motown #detroitredwings #marvingaye #michaeljackson #thefourtops #unitedartistrecords #quincyjones #minnieripperton #aljarreau #arthurtboyross #dianaross #berrygordy #donnyhathaway #gladysknight #jackson5 #nancywilson #ikeandtinaturner #averagewhiteband #

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