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Donny Hathaway

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Donny Hathaway was among the brightest fresh voices in spirit music in the dawn from the ’70s, possessed of the smooth, gospel-inflected intimate croon which was also in the home on fiery protest materials. Hathaway attained his greatest industrial achievement as Roberta Flack’s duet partner of preference, but unfortunately he’s equally appreciated for the tragic situations of his loss of life — an obvious suicide at age group 33. Hathaway was created Oct 1, 1945, in Chicago, but transferred to St. Louis when he was extremely young, and started singing in cathedral along with his grandmother on the scant age group of three. He started playing piano at a age group, and by senior high school, he was amazing more than enough to win a full-ride great arts scholarship or grant to Howard School to review music in 1964. Whilst in university, he performed using a cocktail jazz clothing known as the Ric Powell Trio, and finished up departing school after 3 years to go after job possibilities he had been being offered within the record sector. Hathaway first proved helpful behind the moments as a manufacturer, arranger, songwriter, and program pianist/keyboardist. He backed famous brands Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, as well as the Staple Performers, among numerous others, and became a member of the Mayfield Performers, a studio support group that backed Curtis Mayfield’s Impressions. Hathaway shortly became a residence manufacturer at Mayfield’s Curtom label, and in 1969 trim his first one, a duet with June Conquest known as “I MANY THANKS Baby.” Following that he agreed upon with Atco being a single musician, and released his debut one, the inner-city lament “The Ghetto, Pt. 1,” toward the finish of the entire year. While it didn’t reach the very best 20 in the R&B graphs, “The Ghetto” still rates as a traditional soul message monitor, and it has been sampled by many hip-hop performers. “The Ghetto” established the stage for Hathaway’s acclaimed debut LP, Everything Is certainly Everything, that was released in early 1970. In 1971, he released his eponymous second record and documented a duet with previous Howard classmate Roberta Flack, covering Carole King’s “There is a Friend.” It had been a significant strike, reaching the TOP in the R&B graphs, and sparked a complete record of duets, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, that was released in 1972. The smooth, passionate ballad “Where May be the Like?” topped the R&B graphs, went Best Five within the pop part, and received a Grammy, as well as the associated recording went platinum. Also in 1972, Hathaway branched out into soundtrack function, documenting the theme tune for it series Maude and credit scoring the film KEEP COMING BACK Charleston Blue. Nevertheless, amid his blossoming achievement, he was also fighting severe rounds of despair, which occasionally needed him to become hospitalized. His disposition swings also affected his relationship with Flack, which begun to crumble in 1973. Hathaway released yet another record that season, the ambitious Expansion of a guy, and retreated in the spotlight; on the next couple of years, he performed just in small night clubs. In 1977, Hathaway patched factors up with Flack and briefly left a healthcare facility to record another duet, “The Nearer I Reach You,” on her behalf Blue Lights within the Cellar record. The tune was a smash, getting the pair’s second R&B number 1 in 1978, and in addition climbing to number 2 in the pop graphs. Sessions for another record of duets had been underway when, on January 13, 1979, Hathaway was discovered dead in the sidewalk below the 15th-floor home window of his area in New York’s Essex Home. The glass have been neatly taken off the home window, and there have been no indications of struggle, leading researchers to guideline Hathaway’s loss of life a suicide; his close friends were mystified, due to the fact his career experienced just began to pick up once again, and Flack was devastated. Roberta Flack Offering Donny Hathaway premiered in 1980, and both of the finished duets — “Back again Together Once again” and “YOU MIGHT BE My Heaven” — became posthumous strikes. In 1990, Hathaway’s child Lalah released a single career.

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Full Name Donny Hathaway
Date Of Birth October 1, 1945
Died January 13, 1979, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Conductor, Music artist
Education Howard University, Vashon High School
Nationality American
Spouse Eulaulah Hathaway
Children Lalah Hathaway, Kenya Hathaway
Parents Drusella Huntley
Awards Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Albums Everything Is Everything, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Live, Extension of a Man, In Performance, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, A Donny Hathaway Collection, These Songs for You, Live!, Never My Love: The Anthology, Come Back Charleston Blue, The Best Of Donny Hathaway, Original Album Series, Someday We'll All Be Free
Nominations Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Movies Come Back, Charleston Blue


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#Fact
1 Daughter Kenya Hathaway, is a back-up singer on American Idol (2002).
2 Commited suicide by jumping from the 15th floor of New York's Essex House hotel on January 13, 1979.
3 Suffered from crippling schizophrenia, which culminated in his suicide at the age of 33.
4 Attended Howard University, graduating with a degree in Music Theory.
5 Best known for his hits "The Ghetto" and "This Christmas", as well as several chart-making hits with fellow Howard University classmate and friend, Roberta Flack.
6 Was raised in St. Louis.
7 Father, with Eulaulah Hathaway, of vocalist Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maude 1972-1978 TV Series singer - 139 episodes
Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 conductor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Gospel 2005 performer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Roll Bounce 2005 performer: "For All We Know"
My Baby's Daddy 2004 performer: "On My Block" / writer: "On My Block"
Honey 2003 writer: "My Block"
Two Weeks Notice 2002 performer: "Where Is The Love"
Friday After Next 2002 performer: "This Christmas Hang All The Mistletoe" / writer: "This Christmas Hang All The Mistletoe"
American Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
OT: Our Town 2002 Documentary writer: "The Ghetto"
The Ladies Man 2000 performer: "The Closer I Get to You"
Winter Solstice on Ice 1999 TV Movie documentary writer: "This Christmas"
In Too Deep 1999 performer: "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"
Hasards ou coïncidences 1998 performer: "For All We Know"
Denial 1998/II performer: "She Is My Lady"
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Crooklyn 1994 music: "Wantu Wazuri Use Afro-Sheen" / performer: "Wantu Wazuri Use Afro-Sheen"
Mi vida loca 1993 performer: "The Ghetto" - as Donny Hathway / writer: "The Ghetto" - as Donny Hathway
Malcolm X 1992 writer: "Someday We'll All Be Free" - as Donny E. Hathaway
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Fur Trap 1978 performer: "Where is the Love?" - uncredited
Let the Church Say Amen! 1974 Documentary performer: "Mood"
Maude 1972-1974 TV Series performer - 23 episodes
Flip 1972 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 music: "COME BACK CHARLESTON BLUE" / performer: "COME BACK CHARLESTON BLUE"
The Third Bill Cosby Special 1970 TV Special documentary writer: "Tryin' Times"
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2016 performer: "ON MY BLOCK" / writer: "ON MY BLOCK"
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2015 TV Series 1 episode
Amy 2015/III Documentary writer: "We're Still Friends"
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Best Man Holiday 2013 writer: "This Christmas"
The Intouchables 2011 "The Ghetto"
So You Think You Can Dance 2005-2010 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
This Christmas 2007 writer: "This Christmas"
Everybody Hates Chris 2005-2006 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
ATL 2006 writer: "What You Know"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
The New Bill Cosby Show 1972 TV Series Himself
Flip 1972 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1972 TV Series Himself
Soul! 1970 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Night Flight 1982 TV Series Himself

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