R&B Singer-Songwriter Leon Haywood Has Died

The singer’s 1975 single “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” was sampled by Dr. Dre for “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”.

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Leon Haywood, the R&B and soul singer-songwriter famous for hits such as "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You", passed away today at the age of 74. Haywood's godson confirmed that he died in his sleep, according to Billboard.

Haywood grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s to play keyboard in Sam Cooke's band. After Cooke's passing, Haywood began to record on his own, scoring his first charted single with 1965’s "She's with Her Other Love." Haywood released 21 charting singles and 11 studio albums in his lifetime.

"I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" was famously sampled by Dr. Dre for "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and by Jermaine Durpi for Aaliyah's "I Gotcha Back".

April 06, 2016
R&B Singer-Songwriter Leon Haywood Has Died