Donny Hathaway

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul funk jazz 70s rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Originally schooled in the gospel tradition, this versatile artist was raised in St. Louis and majored in musical theory at Howard University in Washington DC. He performed in a cocktail jazz trio before gaining employment as a producer with Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. A duet with June Conquest, ‘I Thank You Baby’, became Hathaway’s first hit in 1969. The same year he was signed by Atlantic Records for whom he recorded several imaginative singles, including ‘The Ghetto’ (1969) and ‘Love, Love, Love’ (1973). His crafted compositions were recorded by such acts as Aretha Franklin and Jerry Butler, but Hathaway is best remembered for his cool duets with Roberta Flack. Their complementary voices were honed to perfection on ‘Where Is The Love’ (1972) and ‘The Closer I Get To You’ (1978), both of which reached the US...

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