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On June 14, 2000.

On June 14, 2000, Paul Griffin died aged 62. He was musician (piano, keyboards), performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians including: King Curtis, Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick. Dion DiMucci, George Benson, Tom Rush, Wilson Pickett, Michael Franks, John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary, David Clayton-Thomas, Gloria Loring, Melba Moore, LaVern Baker, Janis Siegel, Solomon Burke, Jackie Lomax, Marlena Shaw, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Don Mclean, Carly Simon, Juddy Collins, Cheryl Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Stephanie Mills, Donald Fagen,  Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Garland Jeffreys, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Laura Nyro.

On May 19, 2018.

On May 19, 2018, Reginald Grant Lucas died aged 65. He was musician (guitar), songwriter and producer, started his career performing and recording with Billy Paul and Miles Davis. As producer, composer and sideman he worked with Madonna, Models, The Four Tops, Randy Crawford, Rebbie Jackson, Bunny DeBarge, John Adams, Elisa Fiorillo, The Weather Girls, Nick Scott, Stephanie Mills, Gary Bartz, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, James Mtume, Carlos Garnett, Norman Connors, Babatunde Olatunji, Flora Purim, Lonnie Liston Smith, Zbigniew Seifert, Masabumi Kikuchi and Shunzo Ohno. As leader Lucas released two albums.

On December 18, 2011.

On December 18, 2011, Ralph Anthony MacDonald died aged 67. He was musician (percussion, steelpan), songwriter, arranger, record producer, and philanthropist. His best known compositions are “Where Is the Love”, a “Grammy Award” winner for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway duet), “Just the Two of Us” (recorded by Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.), and “Mister Magic” (recorded by Grover Washington Jr.). MacDonald was member of the bands Desperadoes Steel Orchestra,  Steelband Panorama, and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He recorded with many famous musicians including David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Bob James, Ashford and Simpson, and The Brothers Johnson. As a leader MacDonald released ten albums.

On July 19, 2001.

On July 19, 2001, Judy Clay died aged 62. She was a singer (soul, gospel),  member of Drinkard Singers, who later became better known as The Sweet Inspirations, and teamed with singer-songwriter Billy Vera. As a background vocalist, she worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Donny Hathaway, and Wilson Pickett.

On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Atco” label released “Everything Is Everything”, the debut Donny Hathaway studio album. It was recorded September 1969 – April 1970, and was produced by Donny Hathaway and Ric Powell.


  • Donny Hathaway – lead and background vocals, electric pianos, , organ, additional bass guita, keyboard bass, arranger, conductor
  • Master Henry Gibson– congas
  • King Curtis– guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar, guitar
  • John Littlejohn- guitar, vocals
  • John Avant – trombone
  • Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • Lenard Druss – tenor saxophone
  • Oscar Brashear– trumpet
  • Clifford P. Davis – alto saxophone
  • Aaron Dodd – tuba
  • Morris Ellis – trombone
  • Marshall Hawkins- bass guitar
  • Willie Henderson- baritone saxophone
  • John Howell – trumpet
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Robert A. Lewis – trumpet
  • Cyril Touff – bass trumpet
  • John Lounsberry – French horn
  • Ethel Merker – French horn
  • Paul A. Teryett – French hor
  • Don Myrick- alto saxophone
  • Ric Powell – drums, percussion
  • Louis Satterfield- bass guitar
  • The Vashonettes – backing vocals
  • Murray Allen, Roger Anfinsen – recording engineer
  • Haig Adishian – cover design
  • Jim Taylor – cover photography

Track listing:

 Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Ric Powell, Phil Upchurch

  1. Je Vous Aime (I Love You) – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Edward Kennedy
  2. I Believe to My Soul – Ray Charles
  3. Misty – Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
  4. Sugar Lee – Donny Hathaway, Ric Powell
  5. Tryin’ Times – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  6. Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Donny Hathaway
  7. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  8. To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone

In May 1974.

In May 1974, “Curtom” label released “Sweet Exorcist”, the fifth Curtis Mayfield studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “Curtom Studios” in Chicago, and was produced by Curtis Mayfield.


  • Curtis Mayfield – primary artist
  • Gil Askey, Richard Tufo – arrangements
  • John Janus, Roger Anfinsen – engineer
  • Bill Ronalds – illustration
  • Milton Sincoff – creative director

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield except where noted.

  1. Ain’t Got Tiime
  2. Sweet Exorcist
  3. To Be Invisible
  4. Power to the People
  5. Kung Fu
  6. Suffer – Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway
  7. Make Me Believe In You


In May 1969.

In May 1969, “Curtom Records” label released “The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story”, the eleventh Impressions album, the second one released on Curtis Mayfield’s label “Curtom Records”. It was recorded in 1969 and was produced by Curtis Mayfield.


  • Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Fred Cash- vocals
  • Donny Hathaway, Johnny Pate- arranger

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield

  1. The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story
  2. Choice of Colors
  3. The Girl I Find
  4. Wherever You Leadeth Me
  5. My Deceiving Heart
  6. Seven Years
  7. Love’s Miracle
  8. Jealous Man
  9. Soulful Love
  10. Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey)

On February 23, 2017.


On February 23, 2017, Leon Ware died aged 77. Being songwriter and composer, he released eleven albums as a performer, but he was best known for producing and writing music for other musicians and bands including: The Isley Brothers,  Donny Hathaway, The Miracles, Teena Marie, Jeffrey Osborne, Loose Ends, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Krystol, Bobby Womack, Lulu,  Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, Minnie Riperton and Marvin Gaye.


On April 2, 1971.

Donny Hathaway same

On April 2, 1971, “Atco” label released the second self-titled Donny Hathaway album. It was recorded 1970 – 1971, and was produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Donny Hathaway.


  • Donny Hathaway – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Myrna Summers- background vocals
  • Sammy Turner – background vocals
  • King Curtis- tenor saxophone solo
  • Joe Newman – trumpet solo
  • Chuck Rainey- bass guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar
  • R. Bailey – background vocals
  • John Littlejohn – guitar, vocals
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Judy Clay – background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Interdenominational singers – background vocals
  • Jack Jennings – percussion
  • Morris Jennings – drums
  • Steve Novosel – bass guitar
  • Sylvia Shemwell – background vocals
  • Myrna Smith- background vocals
  • Ivory Stone – background vocals
  • Deirdre Tuck Corley – background vocals
  • Lillian Tynes – background vocals
  • Ronald Bright – background vocals
  • Al Jackson, Jr.- drums

Track listing:

  1. Giving Up – Van McCoy
  2. A Song for You – Leon Russell
  3. Little Girl – Billy Preston
  4. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Bob Russell and Bobby Scott
  5. Magnificent Sanctuary Band – Dorsey Burnette
  6. She Is My Lady – George S. Clinton
  7. I Believe in Music – Mac Davis
  8. Take a Love Song – Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor
  9. Put Your Hand in the Hand – Gene MacLellan

On February 25, 1974.


On February 25, 1974, “Atlantic” label released “Let Me in Your Life”, the twenty-first Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded April – September 1973, at the “Whitney Studios” in Glendale, and was produced by Jerry Wexler and Aretha Franklin.


  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic and electric piano
  • Gwen Guthrie- background vocals
  • Donny Hathaway- acoustic and electric piano
  • Bob James- organ, keyboards
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Ernie Royal- trumpet
  • Deodato- arranger, electric piano
  • Ralph MacDonald- percussion
  • Kenneth Bichel- synthesizer
  • Margaret Branch – background vocals
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Ann S. Clark – background vocals
  • Stanley Clarke– bass
  • Judy Clay- background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Joe Farrell- tenor saxophone, flute
  • Arif Mardin- string arranger
  • Rick Marotta- drums
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Pancho Morales – percussion
  • Gene Orloff- concert master
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- drums
  • Sylvia Shemwell – background vocals
  • Myrna Smith- background vocals
  • David Spinozza- guitar
  • Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Deirdre Tuck Corley – background vocals
  • Willie Weeks- bass

Track listing:

  1. Let Me in Your Life – Bill Withers
  2. Every Natural Thing – Eddie Hinton
  3. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  4. I’m in Love – Bobby Womack
  5. Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Clarence Paul,Stevie Wonder, Morris Broadnax
  6. The Masquerade is Over – Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel
  7. With Pen in Hand – Bobby Goldsboro
  8. Oh Baby – Aretha Franklin
  9. Eight Days On the Road – Michael Gayle, Jerry Ragovoy
  10. If You Don’t Think – Aretha Franklin
  11. A Song for You – Leon Russell