Gone to soon , but never forgotten ,I will keep your music alive . No! However, his fame was also accompanied by pain and disappointment. He did the arrangements for hits by the Unifics ("Court of Love" and "The Beginning of My End") and took part in projects by the Staple Singers, Jerry Butler, Aretha Franklin, the Impressionsand Curtis Mayfield himself. He was married to Eulaulah Hathaway. He also played the ukulele on stage, studied the piano, and as a child was fascinated by glitzy keyboard virtuoso Liberace. In 1990, Hathaway released her self-titled album. Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new voices in soul music at the dawn of the '70s, possessed of a smooth, gospel-inflected romantic croon that was also at home on fiery protest material. Yet Hathaway, who lived on the seventeenth-floor at the LaSalle Towers in Chicago, seemed overly fond of heights and often opened his window to orate or sing into the wind. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%43%68%65%26%23%33%39%3b%4d%6f%6f%6b%69%65%20%26%6c%74%3b%63%68%65%74%6d%6f%6f%6b%69%65%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%43%68%65%26%23%33%39%3b%4d%6f%6f%6b%69%65%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). Hathaway's funeral in St. Louis was attended by several notable figures, including Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and the Reverend Jackson, who officiated. "The Ghetto" set the stage for Hathaway's acclaimed debut LP, Everything Is Everything, which was released in early 1970. While it failed to reach the Top 20 on the R&B charts, "The Ghetto" still ranks as a classic soul message track, and has been sampled by numerous hip-hop artists. At St. Louis's Vashon High School, he quickly made a name for himself as a piano prodigy. We are fortunate to have had him. I love Donny Hathaway's music and always will continue to support his legacy. Donny Hathaway. “That was always my goal but it … Pitts was a professional gospel singer, and Hathaway spent a disproportionate amount of time in church, watching her rehearse and perform. Hathaway, however, would not live to attend the awards ceremony. Hathaway was born October 1, 1945, in Chicago, but moved to St. Louis when he was very young, and began singing in church with his grandmother at the scant age of three. It was a significant hit, reaching the Top Ten on the R&B charts, and sparked a full album of duets, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, which was released in 1972. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%53%74%65%76%65%20%26%6c%74%3b%73%6c%6a%61%6d%65%73%31%31%35%34%40%65%78%63%69%74%65%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%53%74%65%76%65%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). Three other records were released posthumously: Donny Hathaway in Performance in 1980, The Donny Hathaway Collection in 1990, and Free Soul in 2000. One of their first singles together was "You've Got a Friend," written by Carole King and released in 1971; Their third single, "Where Is the Love?" eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%4d%61%72%69%65%20%26%6c%74%3b%77%69%6c%6d%61%5f%6e%6f%72%72%69%73%40%63%6f%6d%63%61%73%74%2e%6e%65%74%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%4d%61%72%69%65%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')), We are lucky that we could enjoy his music for the time he was here. Hathaway soon began singing professionally as "Donny Pitts, The Nation's Youngest Gospel Singer." Nationality: United States Executive summary: Where Is The Love? Following dinner, the singer returned to his hotel room at the posh Essex House. She told him, "'Go ahead.' He died on January 13, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA. The song was a smash, becoming the pair's second R&B number one in 1978, and also climbing to number two on the pop charts. he has the voice that could bring tears to my eyes during any time of the day. I watched the TVone story about Donnie A true genius whose relatively few recordings tower over most things recorded before or since, he may not have the recognition he deserves but future generations will keep discovering what a monumental talent this man was and his legacy will never die. In 1969, Hathaway teamed with a singer named June Conquest and recorded the single "I Thank You" for Curtis Mayfield's label and sang backup with the Mayfield Singers. The first nonfiction book about Hathaway, Donny Hathaway Live uses original interviews, archival material, musical analysis, cultural history, and poetry to tell the story of Hathaway's life, from his beginnings as a gospel wonder child to his final years. In addition, he seemed fascinated with the topic of suicide and mentioned it frequently. he has a very powerful voice and he is definetly one of the greatest of all times. In addition, his partnership with Roberta Flack disintegrated. soared to number five on the charts in 1972 and earned the pair a Grammy Award. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%43%68%61%6e%74%65%73%61%20%26%6c%74%3b%63%68%61%6e%74%65%73%61%5f%72%6f%62%69%6e%73%6f%6e%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%43%68%61%6e%74%65%73%61%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). He was truly a blessing to the music industry and we are very priviledged to have been an audience to this great music. Professional child gospel singer under name "Donny Pitts," 1950s; signed with Atlantic Records, c. 1969; released first single, "The Ghetto, Part I," 1970; released first LP, Everything Is Everything, 1970; teamed with Roberta Flack and released duet, "Where Is the Love?," 1972; most successful chart appearance was from another duet with Flack, "The Closer I Get to You," 1978, which reached number two. While at Howard, Hathaway achieved early success in the recording industry by working as a producer and arranger for several acts, including Aretha Franklin and the Staple Singers. His mood swings also affected his partnership with Flack, which began to crumble in 1973. (with Roberta Flack), 1973. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%53%75%73%61%6e%20%4a%61%63%6b%73%6f%6e%20%26%6c%74%3b%73%75%73%61%6e%6a%61%63%6b%73%6f%6e%32%32%37%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%53%75%73%61%6e%20%4a%61%63%6b%73%6f%6e%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). The rift with Flack was mended and the pair returned to the studio to record another song, "The Closer I Get to You." After becoming a "house producer" at Curtom, he also started recording there. Hathaway contracted with Atlantic Records in 1969 and with his first single for the Atco label, "The Ghetto, Part I" in early 1970, Rolling Stone magazine "marked him as a major new force in soul music." The story of Donny Hathaway has truly touched me and I feel through his music, I have a strong connection with him. Hathaway and was blown away.This man was truly before his time musically.I bet alot of people do'nt know he is the "the Father of the song This Christmas".His story about his mental illness needs to be told around the world to enlighten people about paranoid schizophrenic.Donnie, rest in peace the world truly loves you, but GOD loves you more. I am 12 years old and I was watching Unsung on TV One after my dad was telling me about him. Read Full Biography. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%41%6e%67%65%6c%61%20%55%64%6f%20%26%6c%74%3b%6a%65%77%65%6c%73%33%34%33%32%33%36%40%6e%65%74%7a%65%72%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%41%6e%67%65%6c%61%20%55%64%6f%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')), It is my oppinion Donny Hathaway was not just before his time,or just a genius. Producer Quincy Jones also hired him to score the soundtrack for the 1972 film Come Back Charleston Blue. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%43%68%72%69%73%74%69%6e%61%20%26%6c%74%3b%73%65%78%79%2e%73%6f%75%6c%40%6c%69%76%65%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%43%68%72%69%73%74%69%6e%61%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). I have some of his music on albums but I've got to get his music on CD. In fact Donny Hathaway was the greatest musician/vocalist to every come out of St.Louis, and second greatest musician to Scott Joplin. His work will stand the test of time as well as living us to wonder"what else did he have in store". 1 October 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 13 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. I immediately chose Donny Hathaway. facebook; twitter; Though his recording career was quite brief, Donny Hathaway has continued to be one of the most influential soul artists of the last half century. Donny Hathaway. There are not many words that can describe Donny. He could do everything: write, arrange, sing, play. Though i am young, i have a passion for this type of music. eval(decodeURIComponent('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%5c%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%54%4f%4d%4d%59%20%4b%45%49%54%48%20%26%6c%74%3b%6b%74%6f%6d%6d%79%32%34%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%26%67%74%3b%5c%22%3e%54%4f%4d%4d%59%20%4b%45%49%54%48%3c%5c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')), THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MUSIC HISTORY I THINK ABOUT HIM EVERY DAY HE LIVES IN US ALL LALAH & KENYA YOUR FATHER WAS EVRYTHING,EVRYTHING