Daniel Earl Hartman (December 8, 1950 – March 22, 1994) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Among songs he wrote and recorded were “Free Ride” with The Edgar Winter Group, and the solo hits “Relight My Fire”, “Instant Replay”, “I Can Dream About You”, “We Are the Young” and “Second Nature”. “I Can Dream About You”, his most successful song, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. The James Brown song “Living in America”, which Hartman co-wrote and produced, was even more successful, reaching #4 in 1985. One of the most successful songs he co-wrote was “Ride on Time”, recorded by Black Box, which reached #1 in several countries including the UK.
Hartman was never married and had no children. At the time of his death, both parents, a brother, and a sister were all still alive. A closeted gay man, he was diagnosed with HIV in the late 1980s. He kept his HIV status a secret, even after friend and intermittent collaborator Holly Johnson (formerly of the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood) announced his own HIV status in 1991.
Hartman died on March 22, 1994, at his Westport, Connecticut, home from an AIDS-related brain tumor. His remains were cremated. At the time of his death, his music was enjoying a revival of sorts: a cover version of “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 had exceeded 50 million records worldwide.