Donny Hathaway
Singer, songwriter, arranger, conductor, record producer, instrumentalist
Donny Hathaway
Donny Edward Hathaway was an American Jazz, Blues, Soul & Gospel singer-songwriter and musician. Hathaway contracted with Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his first single for the Atco label, "The Ghetto, Part I" in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine "marked him as a major new force in soul music.
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Watch James Vincent McMorrow's Tiny Desk Concert - State Magazine
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James told NPR how he went from a drummer inspired by hardcore punk and hip hop to a soulful alt-folk artist: “I started listening to older music from the '50s and learning guitar, piano,” he says. “Then I heard a Donny Hathaway song called 'I Love You
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James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk Concert - NPR
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"Then I heard a Donny Hathaway song called 'I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know,' and it made me want to start singing." For his set at the Tiny Desk, McMorrow performed solo versions of three cuts from his record: "This Old Dark Machine," "Sparrow
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Music of the Movement: Someday We'll Be Free - Washington Post (blog)
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This 1973 song, first performed by Donny Hathaway, was originally written about his troubled life. The song evolved into a plea for human rights, fitting many occasions up until now. Aretha Franklin sang “Some Day We'll All be
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Gospel artist Robert E. Person tapped for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedication - Examiner.com
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The dynamic collection of inspired songs, including a memorable remake of Donny Hathaway's classic, "Someday We'll All Be Free" and a stunning rendition of the church favorite, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", is the third project from the solo artist
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Soul sounds in Vail - Vail Daily News
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She's the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and classically trained vocalist Eulaulah. Cost: Day of show single day tickets are $30 general admission, $45 reserved, $80 VIP. More information: Tickets available at www.vailsoulmusicfest.com or at
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Lalah Hathaway brings her edgy, silky style to the Vail Soul Music Festival - Westword
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Lalah Hathaway is the daughter of Donny Hathaway, one of the pioneers of soul music. While she has lived her whole life in the shadow of her famous father, the songstress has enjoyed more than two decades in the music business, based on her reputation
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NPR Wins Five NABJ Excellence Awards - mediabistro.com
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Winners include the news-talk show Tell Me More and host Michel Martin's weekly commentary series, “Can I Just Tell You”; a multimedia piece tracking Haiti's recovery from the devastating earthquake; and feature reports on singer Donny Hathaway and
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Five Things You Need to Know About Norwalk: August 4 - Patch.com
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They will perform songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Earth Wind and Fire plus many more. Get on up and move your feat to the beat! Danny and the Dinosaur, is today's short film-of-the-week, from 10 to 11:00 am at the South Norwalk
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Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell of the Mizell Brothers Dead at 68 - Billboard.biz
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In 1961 they formed a jazz-harmony quartet called the Vanlords which at one point included Donny Hathaway on piano. While at Howard, Fonce studied with legendary horn player Donald Byrd with whom the Mizells would later achieve their greatest success
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Radio 2 summer season includes revival of The Old Grey Whistle Test - musicweek.com
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... a two-part tribute to the singer, and continues with programmes examining the story of the legendary Muscle Shoals studios in Memphis, a profile of Donny Hathaway, an interview with Mavis Staples and Marvin Gaye – What's Going On 40th Anniversary
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Afternoon of Jazz - July 9, 2011 - Your-Story.org (press release)
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An Afternoon of Jazz will showcase Jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, R& B classics including Chaka Kahn, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and current pop stars such as Norah Jones and Chrisette Michele. Agape Love performs regularly
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Smooth operators - Boston Globe
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Sade, who took her cues from heroes like Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers, is happy to be part of the continuum and cites Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse as younger artists she enjoys. DRAKE Legend is right. The red hot rapper from the Great White North
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Legend enjoying opening for Sade - Toronto Sun
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If you think about the people who I've often been compared to, like some of the classic soul artists like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway, I said, 'It's not enough for us to kind of just make retreads of what those guys did
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Singer's singer Lalah Hathaway has lots of stories to share with her music - CultureMap Houston
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Chicago born Lalah Hathaway is a singer's singer, a musician's musician, an artist who like her father, the late great Donny Hathaway, is both a great interpreter of song and a gifted songwriter. A friend of mine, a fine jazz and funk
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Children preserving their dads' musical legacies - Jamaica Observer
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American singers Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Nina Simone come easily to mind when one examines the slate of legendary entertainers in North America. Actor/rapper Will Smith, of more recent vintage, has gone a step further as his two
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6/25: Freddie Jackson and the Men of Soul Tour in Phoenix - AZ Central.com
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A: Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding. I used to sneak into the Apollo Theater (in New York City) and it was only 99 cents, but I didn't have 99 cents. I was a bad little boy, but I got to see those cats
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donny Hathaway
    THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 33
    On January 13, 1979, Hathaway's body was found outside the luxury hotel Essex House in New York City; his death was ruled a suicide.
    More Details Hide Details Hathaway, the son of Drusella Huntley, was born in Chicago but raised with his grandmother, Martha Pitts, also known as Martha Crumwell, in the Carr Square housing project of St. Louis. Hathaway began singing in a church choir with his grandmother, a professional gospel singer, at the age of three and studying piano.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    The effects of his depression and melancholia also drove a wedge in his and Flack's friendship; they did not reconcile for several years, and did not release additional music until the successful release of "The Closer I Get To You" in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Flack and Hathaway then resumed studio recording to compose a second album of duets. Sessions for another album of duets were underway in 1979. On January 13 of that year, Hathaway began a recording session at which producers/musicians Eric Mercury and James Mtume were present. Mercury and Mtume each reported that although Hathaway's voice sounded good, he began behaving irrationally, seeming to be paranoid and delusional. According to Mtume, Hathaway said that "white people" were trying to kill him and had connected his brain to a machine, for the purpose of stealing his music and his sound. Given Hathaway's behavior, Mercury said that he decided the recording session could not continue, so he aborted it and all of the musicians went home. Hours later, Hathaway was found dead on the sidewalk below the window of his 15th-floor room in New York's Essex House hotel. It was reported that he had jumped from his balcony. The glass had been neatly removed from the window and there were no signs of struggle, leading investigators to rule that Hathaway's death was a suicide. However, his friends were mystified, considering that his career had just entered a resurgence. Flack was devastated and, spurred by his death, included the few duet tracks they had finished on her next album, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway. According to Mercury, Hathaway's final recording, included on that album, was "You Are My Heaven", a song Mercury co-wrote with Stevie Wonder.
    He returned to the charts in 1978 after again teaming up with Roberta Flack for a duet, "The Closer I Get to You" on her album, Blue Lights in the Basement.
    More Details Hide Details The song topped the R&B chart and just missed the number 1 spot on the Hot 100 (reaching #2). Atlantic then put out another solo single, "You Were Meant For Me" shortly before his sudden death. Liner notes for later releases of his final solo album explain: "Donny is no longer here, but the song "Someday We'll All Be Free" gathers momentum as part of his legacy... Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It's pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out." Edward Howard, lyricist of the song, adds, "It was a spiritual thing for me... What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him. He's a good leader for young black men".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 27
    He told UK music journalist David Nathan in 1973, "I always liked pretty music and I've always wanted to write it."
    More Details Hide Details Added the writer, "He declined to give one particular influence or inspiration but said that Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky were amongst whom he studied."
    His final studio album, Extension of a Man came out in 1973 with two tracks, "Love Love Love" and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" reaching both the pop and R&B charts.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was probably best noted for his classic ballad, "Someday We'll All Be Free" and a six-minute symphonic-styled instrumental piece called "I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry".
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Hathaway followed this flurry of work with some contributions to soundtracks, along with his recording of the theme song to the TV series Maude. He also composed and conducted music for the 1972 soundtrack of the movie Come Back Charleston Blue.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1970s, he also produced albums for other artists including Cold Blood, where he expanded the musical range of lead singer Lydia Pense.
    Perhaps Hathaway's most influential recording is his 1972 album, Live, which has been termed "one of the best live albums ever recorded" by Daryl Easlea of the BBC.
    More Details Hide Details The album can also be found on the British online music and culture magazine The Quietus' list of "40 Favourite Live Albums". It was recorded at two concerts: side one at The Troubadour in Hollywood, and side two at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Donny Hathaway is also known as the co-composer and performer of the Christmas standard, "This Christmas". The song, released in 1970, has become a holiday staple and is often used in movies, television and advertising. "This Christmas" has been covered by numerous artists across diverse musical genres, including The Whispers, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Alexander O'Neal, Christina Aguilera, Chicago, Harry Connick, Jr., Dru Hill, *NSYNC, Gloria Estefan, Boney James, The Cheetah Girls, Chris Brown, Anthony Arnett (First Baptist Bracktown Christmas Celebration), Patti LaBelle and Mary J Blige (A Mary Christmas, album 2013).
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Hathaway recorded his first single under his own name in 1969, a duet with singer June Conquest called "I Thank You Baby". They also recorded the duet "Just Another Reason", released as the b-side. Former Cleveland Browns president Bill Futterer, who as a college student promoted Curtom in the southeast in 1968 and 1969, was befriended by Hathaway and has cited Hathaway's influence on his later projects.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Hathaway signed to Atco Records, then a division of Atlantic Records, after being spotted for the label by producer/musician King Curtis at a trade convention. He released his first single of note, "The Ghetto, Pt. 1", which he co-wrote with former Howard roommate Leroy Hutson, who became a performer, writer and producer with Curtom. The track appeared the following year on his critically acclaimed debut LP, Everything Is Everything, which he co-produced with Ric Powell while also arranging all the cuts. His second LP, Donny Hathaway, consisted mostly of covers of contemporary pop, soul, and gospel songs. His third album Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway was an album of duets with former Howard University associate and label mate Roberta Flack that established him, especially on the pop charts. The album was both a critical and commercial success, including the Ralph MacDonald-penned track "Where Is The Love", which proved to be not only an R&B success, but also scored Top Five on the pop Hot 100. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on September 5, 1972. The album also included a number of other covers, including versions of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend", "Baby I Love You", originally a hit for Aretha Franklin, and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling".
  • 1967
    Age 21
    Hathaway met his wife, Eulaulah, at Howard University and they married in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters, Eulaulah Donyll (Lalah) and Kenya. Lalah has enjoyed a successful solo career, while Kenya is a session singer and one of the three backing vocalists on the hit TV program American Idol. Both daughters are graduates of the Berklee College of Music. He also had another daughter, Donnita Hathaway. During the best part of his career, Hathaway began to suffer from severe bouts of depression. It was found that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and was known to take strong medication daily to try to control the illness. However, Eulaulah Hathaway has said that her husband was frequently less than diligent about following his prescription regimen. Donnita Hathaway has said that her mother gave her similar information about her father, saying that when he took his medication, he was generally fine, but that when he did not, it was impossible for her to deal with him. Over the course of the 1970s, Hathaway's mental instability wreaked havoc on his life and required several hospitalizations.
    Hathaway formed a jazz trio with drummer Ric Powell while there but during 1967 left Howard just before completing a degree, after receiving job offers in the music business.
    More Details Hide Details Hathaway worked as songwriter, session musician and producer for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records in Chicago. He did the arrangements for hits by the Unifics ("Court of Love" and "The Beginning of My End") and took part in projects by the Staple Singers, Jerry Butler, Aretha Franklin, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield himself. After becoming a "house producer" at Curtom, he also started recording there.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 17
    He graduated from Vashon High School in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Hathaway then studied music on a fine arts scholarship at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he met close friend Roberta Flack. At Howard, he was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1945.
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