Songwriter, producer, and singer Leon Ware was one of the less-recognized products of the Motown Records factory of the '60s and '70s, primarily because he tended to work behind the scenes. His signature style was a highly romantic approach to soul music that resulted in many hit records, notably "I Wanna Be Where You Are," recorded by Michael Jackson, and "I Want You," recorded by Marvin Gaye, both of which he co-wrote. Over a period of nearly 50 years, which included success with Quincy Jones and Minnie Riperton, the quiet storm specialist released more than a dozen ballad-heavy albums for labels such as United Artists, Gordy, Elektra, and Stax. Among these were Leon Ware (1972), Rockin' You Eternally (1981), and Moon Ride (2008). He also operated his own label, Kitchen, the outlet for most of his later work, such as the posthumous ...
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