Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway)

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The 1971 Atlantic release Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway is a duet album by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway produced by Joel Dorn and Arif Mardin.

Flack and Hathaway were both solo artists on the Atlantic roster who'd enjoyed critical acclaim but - particularly for Flack - limited commercial success. Both graduates of Howard University although Flack's attendance there pre-dated Hathaway's, the two singers' careers had overlapped: Flack had included Hathaway compositions on her First Take and Chapter Two albums with the latter also featuring Hathaway as pianist, arranger and background vocalist. It was Jerry Wexler who suggested a joint venture might consolidate Flack and Hathaway's popularity.

The first single from Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway was a version of "You've Got a Friend" recorded before the single release of the James Taylor version: both tracks debuted on the Hot 100 dated 29 May 1971 - marking Flack's first chart appearance - and although Taylor's version reached #1 the Flack/Hathaway duet ascended as high as #29 and was a Top Ten R&B hit at #8. (The B-side "Gone Away" was a Chapter Two track written by Hathaway.)

The second single from the duets album was a remake...

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