Donny Hathaway

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Donny Edward Hathaway (October 1, 1945 – January 13, 1979) was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist. Hathaway signed with Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his first single for the Atco label, "The Ghetto", in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine "marked him as a major new force in soul music." His enduring songs include "The Ghetto", "This Christmas", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Little Ghetto Boy", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", signature versions of "A Song for You" and "For All We Know", and "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of many collaborations with Roberta Flack. "Where Is the Love" won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1973. At the height of his career Hathaway was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was known to not take his prescribed medication regularly enough to properly control his symptoms. 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Everything Is Everything Donny Hathaway 3
1971 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway 2
1972 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 2
1973 Extension of a Man Donny Hathaway 4
2013 Live Donny Hathaway 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 A Donny Hathaway Collection Donny Hathaway 1
2009 Original Album Series Donny Hathaway 1
2010 Someday We'll All Be Free Donny Hathaway 1
2012 The Best of Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway 1
2013 Never My Love: The Anthology Donny Hathaway 1
Free Soul. The Classic of Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 These Songs for You, Live! Donny Hathaway 1
2012 Live + in Performance Donny Hathaway 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Live Donny Hathaway 4 3
1980 In Performance Donny Hathaway 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Come Back Charleston Blue Donny Hathaway 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 This Christmas / Be There Donny Hathaway 2
1979 Back Together Again Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway 1

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