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Joe Haywood


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Joe Haywood ( 1939 - november 1996) was an American soul singer and songwriter from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Haywood wrote Percy Sledge’s hit “Warm and Tender Love”.

Joe Dean Haywood had a music career that spanned more than 30 years. He recorded multiple songs under several record labels.

He was the oldest of eight children born to Foster and Sarah Loease Haywood Hughes in Cowpens, according to his daughter, Deborah Haywood Stewart. She also said he sang in the J.W. Sanders Gospel Chorus.

“His mother could sing, and daddy could sing,” Stewart said. “Everybody who knew daddy, knew he could sing.”

During his school days, Haywood learned to play drums. Later, his daughter said he sang with several local bands, including The Fabulous Dobbs, The Yaks and The Dynamic Twisters.

Jessie “Shack” Johnson, the bass player and a founding member of The Dynamic Twisters, describes Haywood’s singing voice as similar to Cooke’s. Music historians have described Cooke’s voice as a blend of spiritual and soul.

“He sounded better than Sam Cooke, and he had his own style,” Johnson said.

When The Dynamic Twisters formed in the late 1950s, Johnson said it got its name from tornado twisters. At the same time, Hank Ballard recorded “The Twist” and created the dance that later became famous by South Carolina native Chubby Checker.

“Our drums were supposed to have three twisters on it, but everybody thought our name had to do with ‘The Twist,’” Johnson said. “We just went along with it because we played more because people thought it had something to do with the song ‘The Twist.’”


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