Dan Hartman was an American singer, songwriter and record producer.
Born Dan Earl Hartman in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hartman joined his first band, The Legends, at the age of 13, with his brother David. Hartman played keyboards and wrote much of the band's music. The band released several records but none were hits. He joined the Edgar Winter Group and played on three of their albums; Dan wrote the band's second biggest pop hit Free Ride in 1972. He launched a solo career in 1976. A re-recorded version Free Ride was used in the Movie Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995
In 1978 Hartman reached number-one in the US with the single Instant Replay. This was followed by his second US chart topper Relight My Fire (1979). Both tracks, which are considered by many to be anthems of the disco era, were worldwide hits.
He was back in the charts again with the top-10 single I Can Dream About You from the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984. Hartman was featured as a bartender in the video, which received heavy rotation on MTV; in the video, his vocals were convincingly lip-synched by Stoney Jackson, an African-American actor. Hartman then scored a third US number-one single, We Are The Young.
During the next decade he worked as a songwriter and producer, and collaborated with such artists as Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Nona Hendryx and Steve Winwood.
He died at age 43 in Westport, Connecticut from a brain tumour caused by AIDS. Only after Hartman's death did his homosexuality become public knowledge. At the time of his death, his music was enjoying a revival; a cover version of his song Relight My Fire became a British number-one hit for Take That and Lulu. Sales of Hartman's solo recordings, group efforts, production, songwriting and compilation inclusions exceed 50 million records worldwide.