'Extension of a Man': My Classic Soul Podcast Revisits Donny Hathaway's Classic

Donny Hathaway's 'Extension of a Man'
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Donny Hathaway's Extension of a Man, the third and final album released during his lifetime, is the subject of the latest episode of the My Classic Soul podcast.

This 1973 album featured some of Hathaway's best-known recordings and compositions, from the liberation anthem "Someday We'll All Be Free" and "Valdez in the Country" to the romantic "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (written by legendary keyboardist Al Kooper).

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This podcast retrospective is a bit of a full-circle moment for SoulMusic.com's own David Nathan, who interviewed Hathaway not long after the original release of the record. Hathaway died six years later of an apparent suicide; he was 33 years old.

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The album arrived with monster hit, "Le Freak."
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The album featured instant classics including "Higher Ground" and "Living for the City."
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Aretha Franklin's 1967 cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" became the emblem of the civil rights movement, a fiery force in the feminist movement and another unstoppable No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. #QueenofSoul
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