Artist Countdown: Dan Hartman Top 20 6pm ET @RadioMax

DanHartmanDaniel Earl “Dan” Hartman (December 8, 1950—March 22, 1994) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for such songs as: “Free Ride“, “I Can Dream About You“, “Instant Replay”, “Love Sensation”, and “Relight My Fire“, all of which had world-wide success.

Dan never married and had no children. At the time of his death both parents, a brother and a sister were all still alive. He kept his HIV status a secret, even after Holly Johnson announced his own HIV status in 1991. Although it is unclear if Dan was ever publicly out about his sexuality during his lifetime, his website features tributes from many friends and colleagues who were aware that he was gay. Several of them mention how Hartman never seemed completely comfortable with his homosexuality, although he was much more open about it with those who shared his orientation.

Hartman died at his Westport, Connecticut home of 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 exceed 50 million records worldwide.
Hartman’s solo cover of the Edgar Winter Group‘s “Free Ride” was featured in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie the year after his death. In 2006, 12 years after his death, “I Can Dream About You” was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and “Relight My Fire” was also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony.  (Dource: Wikipedia)

1 I Can Dream About You
2 Instant Replay
3 Second Nature
4 We Are the Young
5 Vertigo / Relight My Fire
6 This Is It
7 It Hurts to Be in Love
8 All I Need
9 Hands Down
10 Keep the Fire Burnin’ (with Loleatta Holloway)
11 Heaven in Your Arms
12 Chocolate Box
13 Time and Space
14 Boogie All Summer
15 Name of the Game
16 Waiting to See You
17 The Love in Your Eyes
18 Rescue In My Arms
19 Free Ride
20 I’m Not A Rolling Stone