How much is Donny Hathaway worth?

Net Worth:$2 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:October 1, 1945
Country:United States of America

“Donny Hathaway made a great impression on me because he was a pure artist, he lives just for the music and everything he did was musically driven. He left a great mark on today’s music. You have a lot of new artists that are very impressed by Donny.” — Music director/arranger Ray Chew.

Who Is Donny Hathaway

Born in Chicago, Hathaway grew up in St. Louis and played piano, earning a fine arts scholarship to Howard University in 1964. He was offered jobs in the music industry before graduating and left school after only three years. He worked as songwriter, session musician and producer for The Staple Singers, Jerry Butler and Aretha Franklin, as well as with Curtis Mayfield.

American soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger Donny Hathaway had a net worth of $2 million dollars at the time of his death, in 1979. Rolling Stone magazine described him as a “soul legend” and his most popular songs were “The Ghetto”, “This Christmas”, “Someday We’ll All Be Free”, and “Little Ghetto Boy.”

Commercial & Critical Success

His critically acclaimed debut LP was 1970’s Everything Is Everything. His second album, Donny Hathaway, was a major hit and was followed by an acclaimed album of duets with labelmate Roberta Flack, including a hit version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and the self-penned “Where Is The Love.” Hathaway also began working on soundtracks, but his output would slow down in the mid-1970s due to his battle with clinical depression.

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A Tragic End

In the late 1970s, Hathaway renewed his collaborations with Flack. spawning the 1978 hit “The Closer I Get to You.” More recordings between the duo were set, but Hathaway was found dead on the sidewalk below the 15th floor window of his room in a New York City hotel. The glass had been carefully removed from the hotel window, and there were no signs of struggle, leading investigators to rule his death a suicide.

Influential Artist

Donny Hathaway has proven to be one of the most influential singers of the past three decades. Dozens of contemporary singers have cited Hathaway as an influence, including Brian McKnight, India.Arie, John Kegend, Anthony Hamilton, Ruben Studdard and many, many others. His daughter, Lalah Hathaway, is an R&B;/Jazz singer.


2004: These Songs For You, Live!
1990: A Donny Hathaway Collection
1980: Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway
1980: In Performance
1978: The Best Of Donny Hathaway
1973: Extension of a Man
1972: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
1972: Live
1972: Come Back Charleston Blue (Soundtrack)
1971: Donny Hathaway
1970: Everything Is Everything

Born: Oct. 1, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois.
Died Jan. 13, 1979 in New York City.

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