Dan Hartman (December 8, 1950 - March 22, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Born Dan Earl Hartman, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hartman joined his first band, The Legends, at the age of 13, with his brother Dave. Hartman played keyboards and wrote much of the band's music. The band released several records but none were hits. He joined the Edgar Winter Group and played on three of their albums; Dan wrote the band's second biggest pop hit "Free Ride" in 1972. He launched a solo career in 1976.