Clarence McDonald, Grammy-Winning Keyboardist and Producer, Dies at 76

Clarence McDonald, Grammy-Winning Keyboardist and Producer, Dies at 76

7/28/2021 1:15:00 AM

Clarence McDonald, Grammy-Winning Keyboardist and Producer, Dies at 76

Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboardist, producer, songwriter and arranger who collaborated with the likes of Ray Charles, Bill Withers, James Taylor and Cheech & Chong, has died. He…

Genius Loves Company, and he was the only musician heard on Cheech & Chong’s seminal 1972 comedy album,Big Bambu.Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1945, McDonald was playing the piano in a funeral home by the age of 12 and in nightclubs by age 16. He graduated from Dorsey High School, then, after working with The Vocals, spent two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

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McDonald went on to work with such other acclaimed artists as The Temptations, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Marlena Shaw, Hall & Oates, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston, Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs and Seals & Crofts during his 50-plus-year career.

Survivors include his wife, Susan. Read more: Hollywood Reporter »

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