Label: ATCO Records - SD 33-386,ATCO Records - SMAS-94360 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul, Funk
The song was co-written by Hathaway and Leroy Hutson. The song was a 6 minute and 50 second extravaganza which built upon a cinematic feel with its lengthy instrumental though it did feature vocal ad-libs from Hathaway, who played Wurlitzer electric piano on the song, and constant chants of the song, which had a distinctive Afro-Cuban sound with congas.
The song also featured additional backgrounds, dialogue from what sound like men talking on a street corner and a baby crying - that baby being The Ghetto - Donny Hathaway - Live own daughter Lalah before How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Kristopher Roe* - Hang Your Head In Hope ended the song with frenetic hand claps.
When originally released inthe song became a modest charted single, peaking at number 87 on the Billboard Hot and number 23 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. The song was also featured on Hathaway's revered The Ghetto - Donny Hathaway - Live album in which Hathaway and his musicians played a faster version of the song and later featured Hathaway getting the audience into it singing the final chorus.
The song was also used in the film Short Eyes. Since then, the song has been covered in hip-hop singles, most famously, Too Short 's " The Ghetto ", which featured Gerald Levert re-singing the chorus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Record Research. Donny Hathaway. Live These Songs for You, Live!
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