Dan Hartman









Dan Hartman

was born on December 8, 1950 and passed away on March 22, 1994. He was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Dan was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and joined his first band, The Legends, at the age of 13. His brother Dave also joined the band. Dan wrote most of the music and played the keyboard. They released several songs but none of them were hits. Dan next joined the Edgar Winter Group and played on three of their albums. He also wrote their second biggest pop hit, Free Ride, in 1972. He launched his solo career in 1976. His re-recorded version of Free Ride was used in the movie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1995. Instant Replay, a hit single by Dan Hartman reached number one on the Dance Charts in 1978 and also number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other musicians who worked with Hartman was Vinnie Vincent, (from Kiss), and G. E. Smith. His next hit was Relight My Fire in 1979 and it reached the top of the charts and later became the theme song for the NBC talk show, Tomorrow. From his Streets Of Fire Soundtrack in 1984 came the top 10 single, I Can Dream About You. Dan was featured as a bartender in the video which was shown on MTV. Hartman had a third number one single released called, We Are The Young. Then for the next ten years he worked as a songwriter and producer, and also collaborated with singers such as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Nona Hendryx, and Steve Winwood.

Dan Hartman died at the young age of 43 in Westport, Connecticut. He had suffered from a brain tumor caused by AIDS. Dan Hartman was a homosexual but his sexual preference was not disclosed until after his death. Hartman sold over 50 million solo records, group efforts, production, song writing, and compilations. These sales were worldwide. His singles, Take That and Lulu went to number one, during his death, on the British charts.

The albums Hartman was connected to were Who Is Dan Hartman, Images, Instant replay, Relight My Fire, April Music Recorded Music Library, It Hurts To Be In Love, I Can Dream About You, Whiteboy (was never released) New Green Clear Blue, Keep The Fire Burnin’, and Superhits. He also had many singles. Some of them were Instant Replay, This Is It, Hands Down, Relight My Fire, I Can Dream About You, We Are The Young, Second Nature, I Can Dream About You, Get Outta’ Town, and Keep The Fire Burnin’. Dan Hartman certainly made his mark in the music industry in the 1970's and 1980's. He will be remembered by many.