Willie Hutch

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Willie Hutch
Background information
Birth nameWilliam McKinley Hutchison
Born(1944-12-06)December 6, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OriginDallas, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 19, 2005(2005-09-19) (aged 60)
OccupationsSinger, musician, recording artist, producer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1968–2005
LabelsRCA, Motown, Whitfield
Associated actsNorman Whitfield
 
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Willie Hutch
Background information
Birth nameWilliam McKinley Hutchison
Born(1944-12-06)December 6, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OriginDallas, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 19, 2005(2005-09-19) (aged 60)
OccupationsSinger, musician, recording artist, producer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1968–2005
LabelsRCA, Motown, Whitfield
Associated actsNorman Whitfield

William McKinley Hutchison (December 6, 1944 – September 19, 2005),[1] known professionally as Willie Hutch, was an American singer, songwriter as well as a record producer and recording artist for the Motown record label during the 1970s and 1980s.[2]

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Biography

Born in 1944 in Los Angeles, California, Hutch was raised in Dallas, Texas. He joined a doo-wop group, The Ambassadors, as a teenager. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High, Hutch shortened his last name when he started his music career in 1964 on the Soul City label[3] with the song, "Love Has Put Me Down".

After his move to Los Angeles, his music caught the eye of the mentor for pop/soul quintet The 5th Dimension, and Hutch was soon writing, producing, and arranging songs for the group. In 1969, he signed with RCA Records and put out two albums before he was spotted by Motown producer Hal Davis, who wanted lyrics to his musical composition "I'll Be There", a song he penned for The Jackson 5. The song was recorded by the group the morning after Hutch received the call.[4] Motown CEO Berry Gordy signed Hutch to be a staff writer, arranger, producer, and musician shortly there afterward.

Hutch later co-wrote songs that were recorded by the Jackson 5 and their front man Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, the newly rechristened Miracles, and Marvin Gaye.[2] In 1973, Hutch started recording albums for Motown, releasing the Fully Exposed album that year. That same year, Hutch recorded and produced the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film, The Mack. Hutch had several R&B hits during this period, including "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" and "Slick". He also recorded the soundtrack for Foxy Brown.[2] Hutch recorded at least six albums for Motown, peaking with 1975's single "Love Power", which reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100. He left Motown in 1977 for Norman Whitfield's Whitfield Records.

Hutch returned to Motown in 1982, where he scored the disco hit, "In and Out", that same year and also recorded a song for the film The Last Dragon in 1985. Hutch left Motown again by the end of the decade and by 1994 had moved back to Dallas.

Hutch continued to record and perform while living comfortably on royalties from old hits and new samples.[1] His manager, Anthony Voyce, said of Hutch: "I've never met a more generous and caring person."[1] He died in 2005.[1]

He is survived by six children, and was the uncle to Cold 187um of the rap group Above the Law.[1]

Discography

Albums

RCA releases
Motown releases
Whitfield releases
Motown releases
Later releases

Charting Singles

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Obituary by Garth Cartwright". London: Guardian.co.uk. October 4, 2005. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/oct/04/guardianobituaries.usa. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c allmusic Biography
  3. ^ "Willie Hutch Page". http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Willie%20Hutch.html. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "Willie Hutch Page". http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Willie%20Hutch.html. Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 264. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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