Willie Hutch was a singer, songwriter and producer at Motown in the 1970s and 1980s.
He grew up in Texas and began singing with a doo-wop group, The Ambassadors, as a teenager. He released one solo single before moving to Los Angeles, where he began writing and producing for the pop/soul group The 5th Dimension.
He released two albums for RCA before being spotted by Motown producer Hal Davis, who had recorded the backing track to the song “I’ll Be There” but needed lyrics. After devising the lyrics for the song, Motown head Berry Gordy signed Willie as a songwriter, producer and recording artist. He went on to write and produce for many Motown artists, while releasing his own material, and even recording the soundtrack to several films.
He left Motown in 1977, and signed with Norman Whitfield‘s (imaginatively-named) Whitfield Records. When the label collapsed in 1982, he returned to Motown, and there continued his recording career until he left the company at the end of the decade. Willie later returned to Texas, where he remained until his death in 2005.
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