About Willie Hutch - Biography



Willie Mckinley Hutchinson was born on 6 December 1944 in Los Angeles, California. Raised in Dallas in Texas, early on in his career he sang with the doo-wop group The Ambassadors.

His debut single 'Love Has Put Me Down' was put out on the Soul City label. An associate of the group Fifth Dimension spotted Hutchinson's (now shortened to Hutch) early music ventures while he was with RCA Records and got him working with the group writing, producing and arranging for them.

The year 1970 saw Hutch receiving a phone call from no other than Hal Davis who had music, but needed lyrics for the soon to be hit "I'll Be There" which was being planned for The Jackson 5. Hutch came up with the words, it was recorded the next morning and after a few more arranging jobs with the Jackson 5, Berry Gordy signed up Hutch to be a writer, producer, and arranger for Motown.

When "I'll Be There" was released it topped the Billboard Pop Singles chart for five weeks and sold 6.1 million copies worldwide as the Jackson 5's career was kicking into gear (it was the most successful single that they released).

After working at Motown for a while which included working with artists of the highest calibre such as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, Willie was invited to record his own albums. He would record most of his albums while with Motown.

The year of his first LP, the manager of Sister's Love thought it would be a good idea for him to write music for the upcoming film that they were to have a cameo role in. This resulted in him recording the soundtrack for the Blaxpoitation film 'The Mack.'

He would go on to record soundtracks for other blaxploitation films such as 'Foxy Brown' and later in the 80's 'The Last Dragon'.

From 1973 to 1977 Hutch recorded 7 albums/ soundtracks for Motown before teaming up with the Whitfield label to release 2 albums 'In Tune' and 'Midnight Dancer' in 1979 and 1980 respectively. He returned to Motown later to release further albums.

He wrote Gwen Mcrae's song 'Keep The Fire Burning' and has written or produced for the likes of Diana Ross, The Main Ingredient and Junior Walker in addition to the artists already mentioned.

Willie Hutch passed away at the age of 60 on 19 September 2005.