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Leon Haywood

Soul/funk journeyman Leon Haywood periodically dented the charts in the 1970s with hits that tapped into the grooves and musical hooks of the day's trends. An accomplished songwriter and arranger, Haywood never pretended to be an innovator, and his hits are cheerful derivations of '70s midtempo funk and romantic ballads, usually embellished by smooth string charts. His best material recalled the late-'60s/early-'70s Motown sound; on the slower material in particular, his vocals bore a resemblance to those of Marvin Gaye.

Haywood's roots extend way further back than the '70s; he toured and recorded with R&B saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's band (which also backed Sam Cooke on the road) in the early '60s. In the mid-'60s, he had his first chart entry with "She's with Her Other Love" on Imperial. In 1967, he had a solid R&B hit (and small pop one) with "It's Got to Be Mellow," whose commercial soul sound betrayed his Motown influence.

He didn't come into his own as a solo artist until the mid-'70s, when he had big R&B hits with "Strokin'," "Come and Get Yourself Some," and "Keep It in the Family." His biggest single, "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" (with orgasmic female gasps and moans that made it pretty clear what "freaky" really meant), crossed over to the Top 20 pop listings. The disco-ish "Don't Push It Don't Force It" was his biggest splash, making number two R&B in 1980. After the mid-'80s, he eased out of the record business into business ventures; in the 1990s, he produced blues albums by Jimmy McCracklin and others on his own EveJim label. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Didn't. Snoop and Dre lift the melody hook from this song and sampled it? I remember my mom had a real issue with the lyrics of this song!! LOL! My sister's and brothers played it when she wasn't around or we used earphones.
Smooth Soul
Snoop and See did not originate this jam and my mom stills has an issue with these lyrics! LoL! Unfortunatel y for me, I have my own kids, nieces and nephews singing this when I play Pandora! Karma!
OG Leon Haywood,than k s Dre & Snoop = $
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Remind all these young ones that THIS ISN'T DR. DRE & SNOOP DOGGY DOG. This is the original.
My sister reminded me that our mom had a REAL issue with the lyrics of this song back in the day!! LOL! Mom was like WTH?? Today, I heard my own daughter and grand-niece singing this song! LOL! I am a little more understandin g but hey my grand niece?? Oh he'll no!! LOL!
The original is wayyy better but this was my song back in the day!
The original is way better
the groove is in his heart it gives me sympathetic vibes.
Wander if DR. Dra payed him for this.
Legendary beat
Legendary
What a freaky a** song buuttttt; I like' I really like it ;-)
wonderful memories.... . . . . . . . . . y e s indeed
Leon Haywood is my uncle, I wish I could put his picture on Pandora for those of you that hasn't seen him. Very handsome man. He looks so much like my late father Jim Ed Haywood.
Leon is a gangsta!! Owns a bunch of property on Crenshaw Blvd but you wouldn't know it by how he carries himself. Made sooo much dough from Dre's sampling.
That was the song at the basement parties back in the day.
dthomas618
Yes this was it!
dont push it dont force it is what was blasting in my toll booth njtp 1981 . have the 45
robin.lattin
1,2,3, to the 4 snoop doggy dog and dr. dre at the door
ismayo
WHEN THIS SONG WOULD COME ON, MY DAD WOULD TELL US NOT TO SING IT, NOW I KNOW WHY!!!
Vardamanw53: I love it! Real Funk!
abeandconnie
It's pretty amazing that NO ONE knew what I was talking about when I was looking for the artist how sang IT's GOT TO BE MELLOW. I looked every. Good thing for PANDORA, they had it all along. under my nose all the time.
I played R&B soul from the mid 60's to the mid 70's and this was one of the songs we use to play. Very cool song. Thank you PANDORA
ain't nothin but a "G" thang!
word
yeah !!!! where is the picture of Mr. Haywood still ...thanks for the music ; when we were dancin' in the disco's 70's and 80's we did n't see the artists we just enjoyed what we heard !!!!
For someone so accomplished , it's sad that no visuals exist on this page!

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