Leon Haywood – I’m Gonna Wait – Fantasy


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Otha Leon Haywood was born on February 11th, 1942 in Houston, but moved to Los Angeles, California in the early 1960’s, where he worked with saxophonist Big Jay McNeely. McNeely arranged for him to record his first single, “Without a Love”, an instrumental on the small Swingin’ record label. After that, he joined Sam Cooke’s band as keyboardist until the singer’s death. Haywood recorded for “Fantasy” records, “Imperial” records then “Fat Fish” records. In 1967, Haywood secured his first solo hit with “It’s Got to Be Mellow” on “Decca” records, and in the same year formed a production company, “Evejim”, named after his parents. After recording for “Columbia” records, he moved to “MCA” records. Haywood joined “20th Century” records in 1974. After a few more chart singles, for “Casablanca” records and “Modern” records, he became associated in an executive/production capacity with the Los Angeles-based “Edge” records. From the 1980s, he produced blues albums by Jimmy McCracklin, Clay Hammond, Ronnie Lovejoy, Buddy Ace and others on his own “Evejim” records label. Leon sadly died on April 5th, 2016. This disc from 1964 has some light, superficial scuffs to the vinyl, whist retaining gloss, with some light wear to the label, conservatively graded in VG+ condition