Donny Hathaway

Donny Edward Hathaway (October 1, 1945 – January 13, 1979)[1] was an American soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger whom Rolling Stone described as a "soul legend".[2] His most popular songs include "The Ghetto", "This Christmas", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Little Ghetto Boy". Hathaway is also renowned for his renditions of "A Song for You", "For All We Know", and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", along with "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You", two of many collaborations with Roberta Flack. He has been inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame and won one Grammy Award from four nominations.[3][4][5][6] Hathaway was also posthumously honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.[7] Dutch director David Kleijwegt made a documentary called Mister Soul – A Story About Donny Hathaway, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 28, 2020.[8]

Donny Hathaway
Background information
Birth nameDonny Edward Hathaway
Also known asDonny Pitts
Born(1945-10-01)October 1, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJanuary 13, 1979(1979-01-13) (aged 33)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active1967–1979
Labels
Associated acts

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