Monday, December 6, 2010
WILLIE HUTCH - SHAKE IT, SHAKE IT (SINGLE - 1976).mpg
Willie McKinley Hutchison, known professionally as Willie Hutch (December 6, 1944 — September 19, 2005 was an American singer, songwriter as well as a record producer and recording artist for the Motown record label during the 1970s and 1980s
Born Willie McKinley Hutchinson in 1944 in Los Angeles, California, Hutch was raised in Dallas, Texas and joined a doo-wop group, The Ambassadors, as a teenager. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High, Hutch shortened his last name as he started his music career in 1964 on the Soul City label with the song, "Love Has Put Me Down."
Moving to Los Angeles, his music eventually 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," which was to be for The Jackson 5. The song was recorded by the group the next morning after Hutch received the call. Motown CEO Berry Gordy signed Hutch to be a staff writer, arranger, producer, and musician shortly there afterward.
Hutch's later collaborations would be with the Jackson 5 and their front man Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, the newly rechristened Miracles and Marvin Gaye. 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 would have several R&B hits during this period, including "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" and "Slick" and also recorded the soundtrack for Foxy Brown. Hutch would record at least six albums for Motown, peaking with 1975's "Love Power," which reached number forty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 before leaving the label 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. His manager, Anthony Voyce, said of Hutch: "I've never met a more generous and caring person." He died in 2005.
He is survived by six children, and was the uncle to Cold 187um of the rap group Above the Law.
* 1969: Soul Portrait
* 1970: Seasons for Love
* 1973: Fully Exposed
* 1973: The Mack Soundtrack
* 1975: Foxy Brown Soundtrack
* 1975: Mark of the Beast
* 1975: Ode to My Lady
* 1976: Color Her Sunshine
* 1976: Concert in Blues
* 1977: Havin' a House Party
* 1979: In Tune
* 1980: Midnight Dancer
* 1983: In & Out
* 1985: Making a Game out of Love
* 1985: The Last Dragon
* 1994: From the Heart (G.G. It)
* 1996: The Mack Is Back (Midwest)
* 2002: Sexalicious (G.G. It)
* 1973: "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (#18 R&B, #67 US)
* 1973: "Slick" (#18 R&B, #65 US)
* 1973: "Sunshine Lady" (#72 R&B)
* 1974: "If You Ain't Got No Money (You Can't Get No Honey) Pt. I" (#70 R&B)
* 1974: "Theme Of Foxy Brown" (#64 R&B)
* 1975: "Get Ready For The Get Down" (#24 R&B)
* 1975: "Love Power" (#8 R&B, #41 US)
* 1976: "Let Me Be The One, Baby" (#95 R&B) Black Singles 95
* 1976: "Party Down" (#19 R&B)
* 1977: "Shake It, Shake It" (#60 R&B)
* 1977: "We Gonna Party Tonight" (#49 R&B)
* 1978: "All American Funkathon" (#62 R&B)
* 1978: "What You Gonna Do After The Party" (#40 R&B)
* 1982: "In And Out" (#55 R&B) (UK #51)
* 1985: "Keep on Jammin'" (UK #73)