Leroy Hutson

 

Leroy Hutson (born June 4, 1945) is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of R&B vocal group The Impressions.

His music concerns '70s soul, as noted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He is the father of producer JR Hutson.

Biography

Early years

As a teenager, Lee was a member of the Nu-Tones, a four-man vocal group based in New Jersey. They won several talent shows during Lee's grammar school years. The other members of the Nu-Tones were Ronald King, Bernard Ransom, Ed Davis, and Irving Jenkins.

In 1968, as part of the duo Sugar & Spice, Lee Hutson and Deborah Rollins recorded for Kapp Records. They recorded several singles with some success. Their single "In Love Forever" ranked the "Best New Record Of The Week? in the local newspaper column "Soul Sauce". Two other singles recorded were "Ah Ha Yeah" and "Dreams".

College years

Initially attending Howard University in Washington D.C. to study dentistry, Hutson switched his major to music, beginning his musical career.

At Howard University, Hutson joined The Mayfield Singers, a group put together on Howard's campus by musician Curtis Mayfield that performed at New York's famed Apollo Theater and Philadelphia's Uptown Theater. The group released one single for Mayfield in 1967.

There, Hutson collaborated with Hathaway on "The Ghetto", giving the late recording star his first hit record in early 1970.

Years with the Impressions

In 1971, three months out of college, Hutson was asked to replace Curtis Mayfield as the lead singer of The Impressions. He stayed with them for two-and-a-half years and recorded two albums with the group, before amicably leaving to pursue his own career as a writer, producer, arranger, and musician.

The first Impressions single to feature Hutson as lead vocalist was entitled "Love Me", released on Curtom Records in North America in June 1971.

On August 27, 2013 Hutson, filed a complaint against Young Jeezy and others alleging that Young Jeezy's song "Time" inappropriately incorporated the instrumental portion of The Impressions "Getting it On," which was registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1973.

Solo career

In 1973 Hutson wrote, produced, arranged and recorded his first solo album, "Love Oh Love", featuring the single "So In Love With You", and through 1992 recorded eight albums and charted with thirteen singles in the U.S.

Over a ten-year period from 1973, he developed a cult following on the soul scene through solo albums for the Curtom label "Love Oh Love", "The Man", "Hutson", "Feel The Spirit", "Hutson II", "Closer To The Source" and "Unforgettable." Hutson's last 12" the "Share Your Love EP" was released via the UK's Expansion Records

In 2008, Hutson returned to recording under the name Lee Hutson, issuing an album Soothe You Groove You on his own Triumph label and via download. Two years later, in August 2010, Hutson made his comeback to European stages, performing at Suncebeat Festival in Zadar, Croatia, at Vintage at Goodwood Festival and at Indigo2 in London. He was backed by the British group The Third Degree.

Work with other artists

Consistently touring through the late 1970s and 1980s, Hutson also lent his musicality to production work with fellow Curtom artists Linda Clifford, Arnold Blair, and The Natural Four.

As a writer/producer, he has worked for Roberta Flack ("Tryin' Times", "Gone Away"), The Natural Four ("You Bring Out the Best in Me", "Can This Be Real"), Linda Clifford, Voices of East Harlem ("Giving Love"), Arnold Blair ("Trying to Get Next to You"), and Next Movement ("Let's Work It Out"), while more recently one of his own cult singles "Lucky Fellow" was covered by Snowboy on Acid Jazz records.

Television

  • The Midnight Special (Episode 20 aired 8 June 1973 - LeRoy Hutson performed "Love Oh Love", guest hosted by Curtis Mayfield
  • Soul Train (Episode 32 aired 18 May 1974) - The Spinners / The Independents / LeRoy Hutson
  • Soul Train (Episode 37 aired 7 June 1975) - Curtis Mayfield / LeRoy Hutson / Natural Four

Discography

Albums

  • Love Oh Love (1973)
  • The Man! (Spring 1974)
  • Hutson (July 1975)
  • Feel the Spirit (February 1976)
  • Hutson II (November 1976)
  • Closer to the Source (February 1978)
  • Unforgettable (October 1979)
  • Paradise (1982)
  • Soothe You Groove You (2009)

Compilations

  • There's More Where This Came From (1992)
  • The Very Best of LeRoy Hutson (02/25/1997)
  • The Best of LeRoy Hutson (UK) (1997)
  • More Where That Came From: The Best of LeRoy Hutson, Vol. 2 (03/10/1998)
  • Lucky Fellow: The Curtom Anthology 1972-79 (11/14/2000)
  • The Best of LeRoy Hutson, Volume 1 (2006)

Chart history - LeRoy Hutson

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - singles

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

Chart history - The Natural Four

  • "Can This Be Real" (b/w "Try Love Again") (#10 R&B, #31 Pop, late 1973)
  • "Love That Really Counts" (#23 R&B, #98 Pop, Spring 1974)
  • "You Bring Out the Best in Me" (#20 R&B, Summer 1974)

References

Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Cool Out 1

Cool Out

Lucky Fellow 2

Lucky Fellow

So in Love with You 3

So in Love with You

The Ghetto '74 4

The Ghetto '74

All Because Of You 5

All Because Of You

Blackberry Jam 6

Blackberry Jam

Love the Feeling 7

Love the Feeling

Love Oh Love 8

Love Oh Love

When You Smile 9

When You Smile

I Think I'm Falling In Love 10

I Think I'm Falling In Love

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