While he never gained much individual fame, singer/songwriter/producer Willie Hutch worked behind the scenes at Motown Records writing and producing for such artists as Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and others. Hutch was born Willie McKinley Hutchinson in 1946 in Los Angeles CA. He began singing as a teenager with an outfit known as the Ambassadors. He later began penning his own songs, one of which, “Love Has Put Me Down”, became his first hit single in 1964. He later penned several tracks for 60’s pop-soul group 5th Dimension and later received co-production credit on the group’s debut album, “Up, Up And Away”. In 1973, Hutch wrote and produced the soundtrack for the Blaxploitation film “The Mack”. The soundtrack is often considered one of the era’s finest and included such funk classics as “Brother’s Gonna Work It Out” and “Slick”. Hutch continued recording through the early 2000’s. Hutch passed away on September 19, 2005 at his home outside Dallas TX.
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