Donny Hathaway (album)

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Donny Hathaway
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Studio album by Donny Hathaway
Released April 2, 1971
Recorded 1970-71
Atlantic Recording Studios
(New York, New York)
Criteria Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Universal Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre Soul
Length 44:46
Label Atco
Producer Jerry Wexler
Arif Mardin
Donny Hathaway
Donny Hathaway chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D−[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Donny Hathaway is the eponymous second studio album by American soul artist Donny Hathaway, released on April 2, 1971 on Atco.

The majority of songs featured on the collection were covers of pop, gospel and soul songs that were released around the same time. The most prominent of the covers were Hathaway's rendition of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and a gospel-inflected cover of Gladys Knight & the Pips' "Giving Up", written by Van McCoy. This was the second of three solo studio albums that Hathaway released during his lifetime before his suicide in 1979. Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler took over most of the production duties, with Hathaway producing one track, the self-penned "Take A Love Song".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Giving Up" (Van McCoy) (6:20)
  2. "A Song for You" (Leon Russell) (5:25)
  3. "Little Girl" (Billy Preston) (4:47)
  4. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott) (5:55)
  5. "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" (Dorsey Burnette) (4:24)
  6. "She Is My Lady" (George S. Clinton) (5:33)
  7. "I Believe in Music" (Mac Davis) (3:38)
  8. "Take a Love Song" (Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor) (4:53)
  9. "Put Your Hand in the Hand" (Gene MacLellan) (3:49)

Bonus tracks on CD[edit]

  1. "Be There" (Donny Hathaway) (3:02)
  2. "This Christmas" (Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor) (3:51)


  • Donny Hathaway - vocals, keyboards
  • Myrna Summers - background vocals
  • Sammy Turner - background vocals
  • King Curtis - tenor saxophone
  • Joe Newman - trumpet
  • Chuck Rainey - bass
  • Phil Upchurch - guitar, bass
  • J.R. Bailey - background vocals
  • John Littlejohn -guitar, vocals
  • Cissy Houston - background vocals
  • Judy Clay - background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree - guitar
  • Interdenominational - vocals
  • Jack Jennings - percussion
  • Morris Jennings - drums
  • Steve Novosel - bass
  • Sylvia Shemwell - background vocals
  • Myrna Smith - background vocals
  • Ivory Stone - background vocals
  • Deirdre Tuck Corley - background vocals
  • Lillian Tynes - background vocals
  • Ronald Bright - background vocals
  • Al Jackson, Jr. - drums


  1. ^ Bush, John. Donny Hathaway (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Vince Aletti, Rolling Stone review, June 10, 1971.