Weekend Classics #4 – Willie Hutch

Willie Hutch is sometimes overlooked throughout the Motown era by many of the bigger names such as, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson. A lot of the limelight was overshadowed by these artists, leaving Willie to be one of the most under-appreciated artists of his time.

Willie was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Dallas TX. In 1964, he began his music career working with Soul City Label. In 1969, he signed with RCA records and released two records before being spotted by the producer Hal Davis;  shortly thereafter, he was signed by Motown CEO Berry Gordon as a writer, arranger, producer, and musician. Willie released six albums with Motown before leaving in 1979. He was such an important artist in the industry, being that he was multi-talented. Willie was co-writting for the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and a producer on the soundtrack to The Mack.  

R.I.P. Willie, your music will live forever. . .

 

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