Leon Ware born 16th February 1940, Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
During his youth he had an accident with a slingshot and caught himself in the eye leaving him totally blind for two years. Consequently, Leon was sent to the Fitzgerald School For The Blind, which, incidentally, is the same school that Stevie Wonder was sent to. Leon was one of several Motown Records producers who gained their first experience of the industry in the mid-50’s doo-wop group the Romeos, whose line-up included the legendary, Lamont Dozier.
He wrote the majority of Ike And Tina Turner’s ‘Nuff Said’ in 1970, before rejoining Motown and co-writing Michael Jackson’s 1972 hit ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ with T-Boy Ross, brother of Diana Ross.
Ware re-emerged as a vocalist in 1973, when he was featured on Quincy Jones’s ‘Body Heat’. With T-Boy Ross, he then began work on a romantic song-cycle, intending it to be his own solo debut.Instead, Motown boss Berry Gordy persuaded Ware to give the songs to Marvin Gaye, in return for being allowed to produce the superstar.
The result was the delicate and tender ‘I Want You’, one of Gaye’s finest artistic achievements.
This exposure enabled Ware to launch his own career with the acclaimed ‘Musical Massage’.
Leaving Motown in 1978, he enjoyed minor US hits in 1979 and 1981 with ‘What’s Your Name?’ and ‘Baby Don’t Stop Me’, in the same heavily produced, lush style that he had fashioned for Gaye.
He has worked, written or produced material for artists as diverse as: Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Norman Connors, The Main Ingredient, Average White Band, Donny Hathaway, Bobby Womack, Rufus, Minnie Riperton…in short, you name a soul band and Leon Ware has had some involvement at one stage! For any soulinfo check Soulwalking.