Influential soul artist and songwriter Leon Ware dies aged 77

He co-wrote Marvin Gaye’s I Want You album

Legendary soul songwriter, artist and producer Leon Ware has died at the age of 77.

Perhaps best known for producing and co-writing Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album, I Want You, Ware began his career as a Motown songwriter. He worked with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, and also made his mark on the neo-soul scene by co-writing Maxwell’s hit Sumthin’ Sumthin, taken from his 1996 debut album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.

Known for his smooth R&B style, Ware released a string of solo records, too, his final major label album being 2008’s Moon Ride. 

Ware had recently celebrated his 77th birthday. His death was confirmed by his manager.