Leon was born in Houston, Texas on February 11th, 1942. After an inauspicious childhood he made his way into the entertainment world in the early 1960’s as part of Big
Jay McNeely’s band. It was Jay who arranged for him to record his first single, “Without A Love,” on the small Swingin’ record label. After that, he joined Sam Cooke’s band
as a keyboardist until the singer’s untimely death.
He had his first charting single in 1965 with “She’s With Her Other Love” on the Imperial label. He was then part of two session groups organized by Los Angeles disc
jockey Magnificent Montague which issued the instrumental hits “Hole In The Wall” (1965) under the moniker of The Packers, and “Precious Memories” (1967) as The
In 1967, Leon had his first solo hit with “It’s Got To Be Mellow” on the Decca label. He continued to play on further recording sessions with The Packers and Dyke And
The Blazers, before returning to recording under his own name. He found only sporadic success, most notably with “Keep It In The Family.” With a number of labels he
released a variety of singles but none caught the publics attention and he went largely unnoticed.
By 1974 the 32 year old was ready for a change, disco was emerging and Leon grabbed on to the sound for his first 12″ single for his new label 20th Century Fox Records.
“I Wanta Do Something Freaky To You” became an instant club smash and set the tone for the next decade of his career. He followed that album with one more for the
label and then disappeared for a few years.