R&B Singer Leon Haywood, Dead at 74
Leon Haywood, the silky smooth R&B singer-songwriter and producer whose 1975 single “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” was famously sampled by Dr. Dre and others, has died. He was 74.
Haywood’s godson Darnell “OG Cuicide” Price says he died in his sleep on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” served as the groovy hook on the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg duet “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.” The song was also featured in 50 Cent’s “Corner Bodega” and Aaliyah’s “I Gotcha Back.”
Haywood’s other hits included “It’s Got to Be Mellow” and “Don’t Push It Don’t Force It.”
Haywood began his career as a blues musician before achieving success in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in the soul, R&B and funk genres.
We send our condolences to Leon Haywood’s family and loved ones.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the music that inspired so many.
The following tunes feature Haywood’s musical influence:
Rest in silky smooth soul, Mr. Haywood.