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Motown Songwriter Producer Leon Ware Interview

Leon Ware was one of the unheralded architects of soul music. The songwriter/producer/singer penned classics for such artists as Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones ,Maxwell and many more.

Born in Detroit in 1940, Ware became a Motown songwriter in his twenties. Soon, he was writing for the who’s who of Motor City — including Marvin Gaye, whose funk-infused 1976 albumI Want Youwas co-produced by Ware, who also co-wrote every tune on the release.

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