Born John Maurice Hartman on July 3, 1923 in Houma Louisiana. John Hartman held critical acclaim as a performer and recording artist. His velvet smooth voice was unmistakable, making him the only vocalist to record with renowned saxophonist John Coltrane as band leader. The collaboration, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman was recorded in 1963 and is considered one of the all-time classic jazz albums ever recorded. Despite his extraordinary vocal ability, Hartman never achieved national acclaim and recognition as a balladeer. He succumbed to lung cancer on September 16, 1983 at age 60.

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