Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Donny Hathaway

It was 30 years ago today that we lost one of the most beautiful voices ever to grace this planet.

I will always remember him for how sweet he was to me when I photographed him backstage. He wasn't concerned about himself or how he'd look in the photos. He just wanted to be sure I was happy and got what I wanted. Incredibly accommodating. Unfortunately, I screwed up the pictures. As a purist, I never wanted to use a flash - especially for live performances...never, never, never - but on this occasion I really needed to use a flash, but for some reason I didn't. The result was negs too thin to print.

So, here's one of my live shots of the incomparable Donny Hathaway...

Donny Hathaway

Ah, screw it. I'm going to scan the backstage stuff right now and post whatever I come up with...pride be damned.

Okay, here you go...this is the first time this photo has seen the light of day. It's not as bad as I thought it was...I kinda wish I had included it in my book.

Donny with Warner Bros record rep, Mark Wilson (also passed)

The voice:

His personality:


Anonymous said...

Beautiful snapshots of Donny"The Voice"Hathaway. Legends like him never die!!

Anonymous said...

I think that was a very nice picture of Donny Hathaway. and the music just great....