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Rockin' You Eternally

Come Live With Me Angel

 

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A longtime favorite on the underground soul scene, Leon Ware has quietly carved his place in the history of soul music through his associations with Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton, and Marvin Gaye plus his own notable catalog of recordings.

Like many musically inclined youths in his hometown Detroit, Ware received his introduction into the music industry via Motown, where his songs were recorded the the Jackson Five, the Isley Brothers, Syreeta, and Michael Jackson, among others. 

Quincy Jones took an interest in his work, and tapped him for contributions to the Dude's Body Heat LP of 1974.  In addition to the title cut, the album also featured "If I Ever Lose This Heaven," which was to become a soul classic when covered by Average White Band.  During the Body Heat Sessions, he was introduced to Minnie Riperton, with whom he sang "Heaven."   The mutual respect between the two led to his involvement as writer and producer on her albums Adventures in Paradise and Stay Together, which spawned such heights of sublime soul mastery as "Inside My Love" and "Can't You Feel What I'm Saying."

The critical acclaim his projects were gaining led to a recording deal with Motown in the mid 70s. While in the midst of laying down tracks for his album, Marvin Gaye happened to hear them and requested that Ware lend the tracks to him. The result was the I Want You album, which was entirely produced and written by Ware, a rare concession for such a headstrong artist as Gaye. But perhaps because of the attention Gaye's higher profile brought to his album Ware's own Musical Massage fell through the cracks of public acceptance.

Undeterred, he moved to Elektra in the 1980s where he scored with "Rocking You Eternally" and "Why I Came To California," a duet with one of the Manhattan Transfer vocalists that chronicled his relocation to the Sunshine State in musical form.

During the past two decades, his talent was in high demand among upcoming UK acts and he participated in recordings by Loose Ends, Mica Paris and Omar. He continues to record new music under his own name and his back catalog is finally finding its way onto cd.

Leon Ware's Deepest Grooves

Leon Ware (United Artists, 1972)
Long-lost first sessions that were recently reissued. With "The Spirit Never Dies."

I Want You - Marvin Gaye (Tamla, 1976)
Aural odes to sensuality are the core of this album, one of Gaye's best efforts. "After the Dance" became one of Gaye's many hits while "Come Live With Me Angel" is the choice of soul enthusiasts worldwide.

Musical Massage (Gordy, 1976)
Recorded and released around the same time as I Want You, this can't help but pale in comparison. It's still a quality album though, with the trademarked smoothness people have come to expect from Ware.

Inside Is Love (TK, 1979)
TK may seem like a strange place for Leon Ware to end up, but to his credit he did not change his style to suit the typical TK disco flavor. "What's Your Name" is the most cited track from this album, released between the Motown and Elektra periods.  

Rockin You Eternally (Elektra, 1982)

Leon Ware (Elektra, 1982)
Contains "California," the duet with Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer.

Undercover (1980s)

Taste The Love (Kitchen, 1990s)

Candlelight (Expansion, 2001)

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