Friday, October 19, 2018

I Found a Shining Star

Dan Hartman : Instant Replay

Six years after writing and singing lead on The Edgar Winter Group's Top 20 hit "Free Ride", Dan Hartman returned to the charts with "Instant Replay", one of Disco's most infectious pop singles. Is this the biggest hit ever recorded in Connecticut?  In October of 1978 "Instant Replay" entered the UK charts at #72 on its way to becoming a Top 10 hit. 

The somewhat silly music video features Hartman on keyboards,  future Saturday Night Live  music director and Hall and Oates bassist G.E. Smith ( This was his big break), future KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and Sparks drummer Hilly Michaels ( a few year before he began living with Marianne Faithfull). The song would also reach US#29 in 1979.

In 1984 Hartman would enjoy his biggest single, the US#6 hit "I Can Dream About You". He also wrote "Living in America", a US #4 hit for James Brown. A closeted gay man, Hartman was diagnosed with HIV in the late 1980's and died in 1994 at age 43.

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