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John Monds


It’s been reported that Soul/Funk singer Leon Haywood passed away earlier today at the age of 74. Haywood is a Houston, Texas native who was met with success on the music scene during the mid-1970s. Many people today remember the melodies from one of his most sampled songs I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You.

Leon Haywood had a string of songs that impacted the world of R&B including Strokin’, Keep It in the Family, and It’s Got to Be Mellow.  His most successful song according to Billboard was the disco hit Don’t Push It Don’t Force It which reached number two on the R&B charts in 1980.

His songs were sampled time and over again by artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Redman to name a few. Here are a few songs that reflect Leon Haywood‘s musical genius. Sleep in Paradise Leon Haywood….it’s all #LoveAndRnB!

Leon HaywoodDon’t Push It Don’t Force It

Leon Haywood– I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You

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