Donny Hathaway was a force to be reckoned with when it came to Soul music during his era. Every Holiday season, his signature song “This Christmas” is played in every Black household…but he was a voice for our people. He needs to be recognized more for that.
His catalog has been appreciated for some of the greats, including his daughter Lalah!
Before starting his solo career, he worked as a songwriter, session musician and producer for Curtis Mayfield’s label “Curtom Records.” He played instruments for a lot of our legends records. Aretha Franklin for example.
Albums Released: Everything Is Everything, Donny Hathaway, Live, Come Back Charleston Blue, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Extension of a Man, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway.
Donny signed to Atco Records, & began his own career with a socially conscious anthem “The Ghetto,” which was included on his critically acclaimed debut album!
Donny is also known for his record “This Christmas,” which has became a holiday standard! Stellar vocals, and a simply timeless holiday tune.
He kept the momentum going with his self titled sophomore record, & eventually his duets album with Roberta Flack..who was his label mate and they attended Howard University together. Their duet “Where Is The Love” gave Donny his first top 5 pop hit!
Donny’s soundtrack for the 1972 film “Come Back Charleston Blue,” had a great song called “Little Ghetto Boy,” which is one of his signature songs!
Donny continued to bless the world with songs we deserved!
In 1978, Donny was featured on best friend Roberta’s hit single “The Closer I Get To You!” The classic record shot to number two on the pop charts and number one on the R&B charts. An instant classic. 🙌🏾❤️
Donny tragically passed away January 13th, 1979. His last recordings were on Roberta Flack’s album at the time.
Donny instantly became a favorite amongst the R&B lovers because of he was obviously influenced by the gospel, Jazz & R&B genres. Donny was a cold dude. Period.
His presence in music is missed, however he lives on through his daughter Lalah. She’s been that GIRL.
Donny Hathaway will always be the KING. 🙌🏾 -MJ.