Dan Hartman

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Dan Hartman


Daniel Earl Hartman (8 December 1950, Dauphin County, Penn – 22 March 1994, Westport, Conn.) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Hartman joined his first band, The Legends, at the age of 13. 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 subsequently spent a period of time backing the Johnny Winter Band. He then joined the Edgar Winter Group, where he played bass, wrote or co-wrote many of their songs, and sang on three of their albums. He wrote and sang the band's second biggest pop hit, Free Ride, in 1972.

Upon launching a solo career in 1976, he released a promotional album titled 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.

Among songs he wrote and recorded were Free Ride with The Edgar Winter Group, and the solo hits Instant Replay, I Can Dream About You, We Are the Young and Second Nature. I Can Dream About You, his most successful song, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.

Hartman died on March 22, 1994 of an AIDS-related brain tumor.

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