Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter Group)

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A prolific hit songwriter (“Free Ride,” “I Can Dream About You,” James Brown’s “Living In America,” “Instant Replay,” Black Box “Ride On Time” among others), producer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, the late Daniel Earl Hartman anchored the most commercially successful incarnation of the Edgar Winter Group in the early 1970s, which also featured a couple of other legends: Rick Derringer and Ronnie Montrose.

Dig Dan’s MTV video for “Instant Replay” with GE Smith miming on bass! https://youtu.be/jW-OfaiBs9k

Dig Dan and his double-neck on this live rendition of “Free Ride” with the Edgar Winter Group https://youtu.be/nIBOG8BRcdY

Dig Dan working the groove on “Miracle of Love” https://youtu.be/yyaKf2L7G68

Dig Dan’s “I Can Dream About You” MTV video https://youtu.be/621Nk3Ubz4A

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A pocket player (“Frankenstein”) given to the groove, Hartman also plied his craft (s) with Tina Turner, Nona Hendryx, Joe Cocker, The Plasmatics (Metal Priestess) and Steve Winwood, to cite a select few.  Hartman was a prolific solo recording artist, waxing eight slabs from 1976 through 1989.

Dig “Frankenstein” from The Old Grey Whistle Test https://youtu.be/gnewLUgjoQ4

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In 1989 Dan released New Green Clear Blue – an ambient instrumental album inspired by Vangelis and Harold Budd.

Dan Hartman New Green Clear Blue https://youtu.be/vVTR9ORROxU

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Dan was also renown for his design and use of the infamous “bass suit” with the Edgar Winter Band, which set him back $5000 – a small fortune in 1974. Note: the instrument’s controls are on the sleeve attached to an aluminum plate. The guitar neck ends in a Crescent Moon and the suit itself has moons on it.

Photo courtesy of Dan Hartman Com Photo courtesy of Dan Hartman Com

Photo courtesy of Dan Hartman Com