Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman

American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer
Date of Birth: 08.12.1950
Country: USA

Biography of Dan Hartman

Dan Hartman was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and music producer. He was born on December 8, 1950, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At the age of 13, Hartman joined his first band, "The Legends," where his brother Dave was also a member. He played keyboards and wrote several songs for the group, but none of them became hits.

Dan Hartman

Afterward, Hartman briefly worked as a backing vocalist for renowned bluesman Johnny Winter before joining his younger brother Edgar Winter's band. In Edgar Winter's band, Hartman played bass, wrote numerous songs, and contributed to the recording of three albums. It was during this time that Hartman wrote the band's second biggest hit, "Free Ride."

Dan Hartman

In 1976, Hartman started his solo career and released his first album titled "Who Is Dan Hartman and Why Is Everyone Saying Wonderful Things About Him?" The album was a compilation of songs he had written for the Winter brothers. The following year, he released his second album, "Images," which featured collaborations with his friends and former bandmates.

Dan Hartman

In late 1978, Hartman achieved his breakthrough success with the disco-style single "Instant Replay," which reached number one on the dance chart and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marked the beginning of his success as a solo artist. He followed up with the hit single "Relight My Fire," which became the theme song for the show "Tomorrow" on NBC, and the global hit "I Can Dream About You," which received heavy airplay on MTV. Hartman even starred as a bartender in the music video for the song.

Throughout the next decade, Hartman continued to write songs and collaborate with various artists such as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, and more. He served as a producer and co-writer for James Brown's hit song "Living in America," which was featured in the soundtrack of "Rocky IV" in 1985.

In 1989, Hartman released his final studio album, "New Green Clear Blue," which showcased his instrumental work in the New Age genre. In 1991, he recorded "(That's Your) Consciousness" for the soundtrack of the film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze." After his death, a remix album titled "Keep the Fire Burnin" was released in 1994, featuring remixes of his early hits. Two singles from the album, "Keep the Fire Burnin" and "The Love in Your Eyes," were also released.

Dan Hartman passed away on March 22, 1994, at his home in Westport, Connecticut, due to a brain tumor caused by AIDS. He was cremated, and his music continued to be celebrated. His songs, including a cover of "Relight My Fire" by Take That and Lulu, reached number one in the UK charts. His music sales exceeded 50 million copies worldwide. Some of his songs have also been featured in films and video games.

Hartman never married and did not have any children. At the time of his death, his parents, as well as his brother and sister, were still alive. It was revealed after his death that Hartman had secretly been living with HIV.

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