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Tag: Donny Hathaway

Wednesday, January 6th

what’s new

James Brandon Lewis (tenor saxophone), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Gerald Cleaver (drums), playing (then discussing) a set “inspired by the music of Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, and Grover Washington Jr.” (YouTube commentary), last night, New York




random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Friday, June 14th

another take

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (D. Hathaway), live, France, 2007


Wednesday, June 12th

basement jukebox

Donny Hathaway (1945-1979), “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (D. Hathaway), 1972


Tuesday, November 15th

two takes

“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” (A. Kooper)

Donny Hathaway (1945-79), 1973


Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), live



random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.



Tuesday, 12/25/12

Merry Christmas!

Steel drummers, “Silent Night,” London, 12/11


Glasses player, “Jingle Bells,” Bonn, 12/06


Brass band, “This Christmas” (1:55-, D. Hathaway), New Orleans, 12/09

Friday, 10/1/10

three takes

He’s the guy who, early in his career, while an arranger and producer for Curtom Records, brought Baby Huey & the Babysitters to the attention of Curtis Mayfield.

“Little Ghetto Boy” (Donny Hathaway)

take 1

John Legend & The Roots

Live (recording studio), 2010


take 2

Live, New York, 9/23/10

Want more of John Legend & The Roots? Here.


take 3

Donny Hathaway, live, 1972



Donny Hathaway, “The Ghetto,” live, 1970s


Donny Hathaway died in 1979 at the age of 33. He was a casualty of mental illness. Afflicted with severe chronic depression and ultimately diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, he leapt to his death out of a New York City hotel room.


Curtis Mayfield on Donny Hathaway:

To see him there in the studio at about 21 years old, directing all these real big session guys like he’d been doing it for years, was a tremendous sight to see. But he always believed in himself. He always believed in his talent. He wasn’t conceited about it, but he knew he could do anything these guys could do and almost certainly better. I’d have loved to sign him as artist, but it wasn’t to be.


Bassist Christian McBride on Donny Hathaway:

You can tell that he listened to Stravinsky. He listened to Debussy. He was a musician who was the full 360-degree circle.

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