Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dan Hartman - Instant Replay

Dan Hartman - Instant Replay.  Was Dan Hartman - highly underrated in his day, the white Prince?  On this record Dan Hartman is listed as performing practically everything.  Back cover notes Dan handled: Lead & Backing Vocals, Rhythm & Bass Guitars, Keyboards, All Instruments on "Chocolate Box", all instruments except saxophone & congas on "Instant Replay."   Click on this post's title for the song clip to see Dan and his band playing Instant Replay.  Behind the band is a blown up copy of the album cover.  Gotta like that.

"He is Daniel Earl "Dan" Hartman (1950 - 1994), was an American singersongwriter and record producer, best known for such songs as: "Free Ride", "I Can Dream About You", "Instant Replay", "Love Sensation", and "Relight My Fire", all of which had world-wide success.  Born in Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg, Dan Hartman was an American composer and singer.  Hartman joined his first band at the age of thirteen, The Legends. His brother Dave was also a member of the band.  He played keyboards and wrote much of the band's music, but despite the release of a number of recordings, none turned out to be hits.  He then subsequently spent a period of time backing the Johnny Winter Band and then joined the Edgar Winter Group where he played bass on three of their albums and wrote the band's second biggest pop hit "Free Ride" in 1972.  Upon launching a solo career in 1976, he released a promotional album which had, as its full title, Who Is Dan Hartman and Why Is Everyone Saying Wonderful Things About Him?. It was a compilation disc including songs from Johnny Winter and the Edgar Winter Group. His second release, Images, was his first true album and featured ex-Edgar Winter Group members Edgar Winter, Ronnie Montrose and Rick Derringer and guests Clarence Clemons and Randy Brecker.  During the next decade he worked as a songwriter and producer, and collaborated with such artists as Tina TurnerDusty SpringfieldJoe CockerBonnie TylerPaul Young,James BrownNona HendryxHolly JohnsonLiving in a Box, the Plasmatics and Steve Winwood. Hartman produced and co-wrote "Living In America", a #4 hit for James Brown which appeared on the soundtrack of 1985's Rocky IV. The song was the last of Brown's 44 hit recordings to appear on the Billboard Top 40 charts."

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