Leroy Hutson

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Leroy Hutson
Born (1945-06-04) June 4, 1945 (age 77)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresFunk, R&B, soul, Chicago soul, smooth soul, jazz
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician, arranger, producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, keyboards, clavinet, saxophone
Years active1970s–1990s
Warner Bros.
Triumph, Kapp
Acid Jazz Records
WebsiteOfficial website

Leroy Hutson (born June 4, 1945) is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of R&B vocal group The Impressions.

His music concerns '70s soul, as noted in the June 29, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He is the father of producer JR Hutson.[1][2][3][full citation needed]


Early years[edit]

As a teenager, Hutson formed the Nu-Tones, a four-man vocal group based in New Jersey. They won several talent shows during his high school years.[4] The other members of the Nu-Tones were Ronald King, Bernard Ransom, Ed Davis, and Irving Jenkins.

In 1968, as part of the duo Sugar & Spice, Lee Hutson and Deborah Rollins recorded for Kapp Records. They recorded several singles with some success. Their single "In Love Forever" ranked the "Best New Record Of The Week" in the local newspaper column "Soul Sauce". Two other singles recorded were "Ah Ha Yeah" and "Dreams".

College years[edit]

Initially attending Howard University in Washington D.C. to study dentistry, Hutson was room-mates with Donny Hathaway who left college early in order to be Curtis Mayfield's musical director, Hutson then chose to switch his college major to music theory and composition. It is through Hathaway that Hutson then came to replace Curtis in The Impressions.[5]

At Howard University, Hutson joined The Mayfield Singers, a group put together on Howard's campus by musician Curtis Mayfield that performed at New York's famed Apollo Theater and Philadelphia's Uptown Theater. The group released one single for Mayfield in 1967.

There, Hutson collaborated with Donny Hathaway on "The Ghetto", giving the late recording star his first hit record in early 1970.

Years with the Impressions[edit]

In 1971, three months out of college, Hutson was asked to replace Curtis Mayfield as the lead singer of The Impressions. He stayed with them for two-and-a-half years and recorded two albums with the group, before amicably leaving to pursue his own career as a writer, producer, arranger, and musician.

The first Impressions single to feature Hutson as lead vocalist was entitled "Love Me", released on Curtom Records in North America in June 1971.

On August 27, 2013 Hutson, filed a complaint against Young Jeezy and others alleging that Young Jeezy's song "Time" inappropriately incorporated the instrumental portion of The Impressions "Getting it On," which was registered with the United States Copyright Office in 1973.[6]

Solo career[edit]

In 1973 Hutson wrote, produced, arranged and recorded his first solo album, "Love Oh Love", featuring the single "So In Love With You". It was released on Curtom Records.

Between the period of 1973 until 1992 Hutson recorded eight albums and charted with thirteen singles in the U.S.[7] Because of this he has developed a cult following on the soul scene. After "Love Oh Love", Hutson went on to release "The Man", "Hutson", "Feel The Spirit", "Hutson II", "Closer To The Source" and "Unforgettable." Hutson's last 12" the "Share Your Love EP" was released via the UK's Expansion Records.

In 2008, Hutson returned to recording under the name Lee Hutson, issuing an album "Soothe You Groove You" on his own Triumph label and via download. Two years later, in August 2010, Hutson made his comeback to European stages, performing at Suncebeat Festival in Zadar, Croatia, at Vintage at Goodwood Festival and at Indigo2 in London. He was backed by the British group The Third Degree.

As of 2017, Hutson's work is now licensed by British independent record label Acid Jazz Records,[8] who released an Anthology LP featuring his bigger hits such as "I Think I'm Falling In Love", "Lucky Fellow" and "Don't It Make You Feel Good" as well as previously unreleased track "Positive Forces" which featured an instrumental of "All Because Of You" on the B side.[9] They then went on to release another unreleased single, "Now That I Found You"[10].

In February 2018 they re-issued both Hutson and Hutson II and are currently in the process of releasing a four-part online documentary entitled "Leroy Hutson: The Man!",[11] which features contributions from long-time fans of Hutson's such as actor and radio DJ Craig Charles and Acid Jazz founder and managing director Eddie Piller. Piller is said to have based his own music production style on that of Hutson's,[12] and uses the instrumental track "Cool Out" as the opening track for his current radio show, "Eddie Piller's Eclectic Soul Show".

Work with other artists[edit]

Consistently touring through the late 1970s and 1980s, Hutson also lent his musicality to production work with fellow Curtom artists Linda Clifford, Arnold Blair, and The Natural Four.

As a writer/producer, he has worked for Roberta Flack ("Tryin' Times", "Gone Away"), The Natural Four ("You Bring Out the Best in Me", "Can This Be Real"), Linda Clifford, Voices of East Harlem ("Giving Love"), Arnold Blair ("Trying to Get Next to You"), and Next Movement ("Let's Work It Out"), while more recently one of his own cult singles "Lucky Fellow" was covered by Snowboy on Acid Jazz records.





Chart history – LeRoy Hutson[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - singles

Year Single Chart Chart position
1973 "Love Oh Love" Black Singles 75
"When You Smile" Black Singles 81
1974 "Ella Weez" Black Singles 81
1975 "All Because of You" Black Singles 31
"Can't Stay Away" Black Singles 66
1976 "Feel the Spirit" Disco Singles 5
Black Singles 25
"Lover's Holiday" Black Singles 68
1977 "Blackberry Jam" Black Singles 82
"I Do, I Do (Want to Make Love to You)" Black Singles 55
1978 "In the Mood" Black Singles 56
"Where Did Love Go" Black Singles 45
1979 "Right or Wrong" Black Singles 47

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - album

Year Album Chart Chart position
1974 The Man! Black Albums 36
1975 Hutson Black Albums 46
1976 Feel the Spirit Black Albums 21
Pop Albums 170
1977 Hutson II Black Albums 26
1979 Unforgettable Black Albums 69

Chart history – The Natural Four[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview With JR Hutson". HitQuarters. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ Theakston, Rob. Biography at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ Degiorgio, Kirk. "LeRoy Hutson Special". Red Bull Academy Music Radio. Retrieved 27 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Leroy Hutson Interview". www.urbanjazz.org. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  5. ^ "Leroy Hutson Interview". www.urbanjazz.org. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ Heard, Preston H. (6 September 2013). "Singer-Songwriter Lee Hutson Sues Rapper Young Jeezy Over Alleged Use of "Getting It On" Sample". The National Law Review. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. ^ Chart history at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Acid Jazz Records | Leroy Hutson". www.acidjazz.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  9. ^ "Acid Jazz Records | We Are Releasing Leroy Hutson – Positive Forces". www.acidjazz.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  10. ^ Records, Acid Jazz. "Leroy Hutson - Now That I Found You". Acid Jazz Records. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  11. ^ Acid Jazz Records (2018-02-14), Leroy Hutson – The Man! Part 1: Getting A Start, archived from the original on 2021-12-13, retrieved 2018-03-03
  12. ^ "Playlists and interviews exploring British subculture: Eddie Piller". www.fredperry.com. Retrieved 2018-03-03.

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