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Leon Ware


Leon Ware, a writer and producer of sensual R&B songs who was best known for a memorable collaboration with Marvin Gaye on the 1976 album “I Want You,” died on February 23, 2017 in Marina del Rey, Calif. He was 77.

Although he was also a singer, with a smooth tenor voice that evoked comparisons to Gaye’s, Mr. Ware’s influence was strongest behind the scenes, where he worked with Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones and others.

Spin magazine said that Mr. Ware “helped define the ‘quiet storm’ R&B sound that would pave the way for the careers of artists from Sade to Maxwell” and was “responsible for some of the silkiest-sounding records ever produced.”


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