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Willie McKinley Hutchison, known professionally as Willie Hutch (December 6, 1944 — September 19, 2005) was an American singer, as well as a songwriter and record producer for the Motown record label during the 1970s.

Hutch produced albums by acts such as The 5th Dimension, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Besides writing hit songs such as The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There”, Hutch also recorded several albums for Motown (and later for Whitfield Records, run by former Motown producer Norman Whitfield), and had Top 20 R&B hits with singles such as “Brother’s Gonna Work It Out” and “Slick” (both 1973). Following in the tradition of Curtis Mayfield, he recorded the soundtrack album for the blaxploitation films The Mack (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974).

Moving back to Dallas in 1994, he 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.[1]


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  • Music-Ninja

    @Isco couldn't have said it any better, he's amazing.

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    I couldn't agree more

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Isco91

    Samples helped Hutch gain some long overdue recognition, but he's still underrated and slept on within the soul genre. He doesn't get a fraction of the props he deserves.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • valueable

    He is appreciated by many producers cause I swear I heard samples from his music in many productions

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Beatnik24

    He scored two of my favorite Blaxplotation flicks and was a great freaking composer. It's a shame that he's slept on these days, even to a lesser degree than Mr. Mayfield- but at of us here have appreciation for a real artist.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Isco91

    So underrated, deserves WAY more credit.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DickBigems

    One of the select few that could produce, write, and perform their own music in the soul genre. I respect Willie Hutch and other similar artists who have done the same an awful lot for that.

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BoBs933

    крутой ведь парень [2]

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    Underrated Musician and Singer!!! Mother's theme (mama) its a Great Song.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • SunMan24

    крутой ведь парень

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • KoldShadow

    "Moving back to Dallas in 1994, he continued to record and perform while living comfortably on royalties from old hits and new samples." mbn

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • robstr1

    Don't you realise in order for us to make this thing work, man, we got to get rid of the pimps, and the pushers and the prostitutes?

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Carlana

    @methemus: Foxy Brown!

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • methemus

    Can anyone suggest Willies "best albums" to Me? I have The Mack, Fully Exposed & Mark of the Beast. Which others should I grab? I NEED MORE! :D Thanks

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JesusWalksForHH

    The most underrated Soulman

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • sickofevery

    ghetto funk and soul mixtapes!

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • deadbeatdrop

    I'm watching foxy brown right now. DYNOMIIIIITE, WILLIE WILL.

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Cinder_Fella

    The Last Dragon!

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
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