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Donny Hathaway Albums


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''Everything Is Everything'' is the debut record by American soul singer-songwriter and pianist Donny Hathaway, released in 1970 on the Atco label.

The album was Hathaway's first release after being signed to Atlantic in 1969. Hathaway had already built a reputation early in his life, first as a gospel crooner as a child under the name Donny Pitts. After dropping out of Howard University in 1967, Hathaway moved to Chicago, his birthplace, and started working on music for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records label where he was a songwriter, producer, arranger, composer, conductor and session player. After befriending Impressions lead singer Leroy Hutson, the duo composed the song that would eventually make it on his debut album titled "The Ghetto", which was mostly an instrumental except for Hathaway's vocal ad-libs and him singing the chorus.

Hathaway and Hutson composed another socially conscious song titled "Trying Times". Other songs were split between covers (Ray Charles' "I Believe to My Soul" and Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black"), spiritual affairs ("Thank You Master for My Soul") and love songs ("Je Vous Aime (I Love You)").

Released in July 1970, the album peaked at #73 on the ''Billboard'' Top 200 Albums chart and #33 on the ''Billboard'' R&B Albums chart.

Critics have since called Hathaway's debut his finest album. It would be one of three studio albums Hathaway released in his lifetime.

Everything Is Everything
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Release Date: 2010-10-12
Duration: 45:29


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Song Title       Time
1Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)    03:28
2Je Vous Aime (I Love You)    03:31
3I Believe To My Soul    03:51
4Misty    03:38
5Sugar Lee    03:59
6Tryin' Times    03:15
7Thank You Master (For My Soul)    05:50
8The Ghetto    06:53
9To Be Young, Gifted And Black    06:44
10A Dream    04:14