Leon Ware, David Morales, and Rare Pleasure, picked by Paul

14 07 2011

Show 90 launches today, and we’ve still got tracks from 89 to cover – it’s going to be a busy day!


Leon Ware ~ What’s Your Name ~ Fabulous Records ~ 1979

Written and produced by Leon Ware from his “Inside Is Love” album released on Fabulous Records part of TK ~ I just love this track.

Leon Ware was born in Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. on 16th February 1940.The youngest of eleven children, his father worked for the Ford Motor Company. His mother was a beautician and minister.
Whe he was a kid he had an accident with a catapult and caught himself in the eye leaving him totally blind for two years. He was sent to the Fitzgerald School For The Blind, the same school that Stevie Wonder went to.

His first venture into songwriting was at nine years old, when he wrote’The Girl Of My Dreams’. Leon was one of several Motown 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 By the end of the decade, he had joined ABC Records, where he acted as an arranger and songwriter.

In 1960, Leon had written half an album for himself, which was never completed.
In 1967, he wrote his first gold record for The Isley Brothers. He continued to work as a ‘backroom boy’ in the 60’s, first at Motown, then at Bell Records, turning freelance at the start of the 70’s. 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.

During the early seventies, Leon married Susaye Greene for whom he produced an album on Motown that was never released. Leon and Susaye were later to divorce.
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 Goordy 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, Vesta Williams, The Main Ingredient, Average White Band, Con Funk Shun, Loose Ends, Billy Griffin, Donny Hathaway, Bobby Womack, Rufus, Krystol, Shadow, Melissa Manchester, Minnie Riperton…in short, you name a soul band and Leon Ware has had some involvement at one stage!
He released the excellent ‘Taste The Love’ set, in 1996, for the UK based Expansion label, and did a U.K. tour.

David Morales The Face ~ Needin’ You~ Definity US / Manifesto US ~ 1998

Born in 1961 in New York City, he is of Puerto Rican ancestry.
In 1998, under the pseudonym David Morales presents The Face he released his biggest hit to date, “Needin’ U”. Featuring samples from The Chi-Lites’ “My First Mistake” and Rare Pleasure’s “Let Me Down Easy”, the record became an overnight classic and introduced Morales into mainstream airplay.

Rare Pleasure ~ Let Me Down Easy ~ Cheri Records US / DJM UK ~ 1976




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