William McKinley Hutchinson was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. His first group was a Doo Wop group called the Ambassadors. He joined the group as a teenager and it was around that time that he started writing his own songs.
After graduating from high school Willie would return to Los Angeles, where his songwriting talent was noticed by an associate of the Soul/Pop group The 5th Dimensions. He has been credited for writing songs and co-producing the group's first album. He would later catch the ear of Barry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Gordy signed Willie to write songs and his first big hit was “I’ll Be There,” recorded by the Jackson 5.
Willie continued to write songs for the likes of Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, The Miracles and Marvin Gaye.
This was the heyday for Motown Records, and Willie would start to record some of his own music, while at Motown that would contain several Soul R&B and Quiet Storm hit singles.
Willie also wrote and produced several movie soundtracks. The first was for the Black exploitation movie “The Mack. Following that was the score for “Foxy Brown.”
Let us listen to one of Willie Hutch’s Funk songs “Get Ready For The Get Down.”