Leon Ware, the legendary songwriter, producer, and singer, died yesterday at the age of 77. As a mastermind behind many R&B hits, Ware’s subtle influence on music today is undeniable, with him serving as one of the masterminds behind tracks such as Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”, Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” and Quincy Jones’ “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.” Since his death, a number of artists have issued statements expressing their condolences and the impact Ware had on music, including Questlove and Thundercat. Rest in peace, Mr. Ware. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
Leon Ware, Fabled Singer, Songwriter, And Producer To Marvin Gaye And More, Dies At 77