Percussionist Ralph MacDonald Dies

Percussionist Ralph MacDonald Dies

Stamford : CT : USA | Dec 18, 2011 at 11:33 PM PST
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Ralph MacDonald

He can be found playing on hundreds of songs and albums…sometimes without us ever realizing he was there.

Songwriter and percussionist Ralph MacDonald died Sunday at the age of 67. Reports say MacDonald, who was in Stamford, Connecticut; died after a long illness.

MacDonald is a first generation American, the son of Calypso performer “Macbeth the Great” – an immigrant from Trinidad. As a young lad, playing his father’s drum, MacDonald dreamed of a successful music career

The Harlem born musician got his musical start by playing in his father’s Calypso band. After spending 10 years as the percussionist for crooner and Calypso singer Harry Belafonte, MacDonald started a publishing company. The first big hit for the group was the MacDonald and Bill Salter penned “Where is the Love” – a duet by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.

MacDonald had a second chart topping hit with “Just the Two of Us” sung by Bill Withers. The hit won Withers and MacDonald a Grammy Award. MacDonald also won a Grammy when his song “Calypso Breakdown” appeared on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. MacDonald lent his percussive skills to Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

Over the course of his career, MacDonald worked with star like Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, James Taylor, Billy Joes, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Grover Washington Jr., and Jimmy Buffett.

MacDonald is survived by his wife Grace and children Nefra-Ann, Atiba, Anthony, and Giovanni.

Ralph MacDonald Discography -

”Mixty Motions”

”Home Grown”


”Port Pleasure”

”Just the Two of Us”


”The Path”

”Sound of a Drum/Counterpoint”

Albums Ralph MacDonald appeared on…

”Tenterfield Saddler” by Peter Allen

”Continental American” by Peter Allen

”Night Life” by Luther Allison

”Motown Years 1972-1976” by Luther Allison

”Anthology, vol.2” by Duane Allman

”So So Satisfied” by Ashford and Simpson

”Send it” by Ashford and Simpson

”Is it Still Good to Ya” by Ashford and Simpson

”Solid” by Ashford and Simpson

”Gospel According to Ashford & Simpson” by Ashford and Simpson

”Very Best of Ashford & Simpson” by Ashford and Simpson

”Havana Candy” by Patti Austin

”Every Home Should Have One” by Patti Austin

”Getting’ Away with Murder” by Patti Austin

”Best of Patti Austin” by Patti Austin

”Very Best of Patti Austin” by Patti Austin

”AWB” by the Average White Band

”Bfd” by BFD

”Futures” by Burt Bacharach

”You Can’t Go Home Again

”Money talks” by The Bar-Kays” by Chet Baker

”Caliente!” by Gato Barbieri

”Fire and Passion” by Gato Barbieri

”Gato Barbieri’s Finest Hour”

”Living Eyes” by The Bee Gees

”Evening with Belafone/Mouskouri: by Harry Belafonte

”Breezin’” by George Benson

”In Flight” by George Benson

”George Benson Collection” by George Benson

”Best of George Benson” by George Benson

”Weekend in L A” by George Benson

”Livin’ Inside Your Love” by George Benson

”In Your Eyes” by George Benson

”20/20” by George Benson

”Big Boss Band” by George Benson

”That’s Right” by George Benson

”George Benson Anthology” by George Benson

”Declassified Grooves” by Black Heat

”Angie” by Angela Bofill

”Angel of the Night” by Angela Bofill

”Young Americans” by David Bowie

”Changebowie” by David Bowie

”Changes” by David Bowie

”Young Americans – Bonus CD” by David Bowie

”Brecker Bros.” By the Breckers Brothers

”Brecker Bros. Collection, vol 1” by the Brecker Brothers

”Back to Black” by The Brecker Brothers Band

”Brecker Bros. Collection, vol I” by The Brecker Brothers

”Don’t Stop the Music” by the Brecker Brothers

”Détente” by The Brecker Brothers

”Moment of Truth” by Brethren

”Lost in the Wilderness” by Brigati

”Dangerous Moments” by Martin Briley

”Look Out for #1” by the Brothers Johnson

”Right on Time” by The Brothers Johnson

”Hell” by James Brown

”Movin’ On” by Oscar Brown

”Floridays” by Jimmy Buffett

”Hot Water” by Jimmy Buffett

”Off to See the Lizard” by Jimmy Buffett

”Feeding Frenzy” by Jimmy Buffett

”Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads” by Jimmy Buffett

”Barometer Soup” by Jimmy Buffett

”Banana Wind” by Jimmy Buffett

”Christmas Island” by Jimmy buffet

”Don’t Stop the Carnival” by Jimmy Buffett

”Beach House on the Moon” by Jimmy Buffett

”Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays” by Jimmy Buffett

”Far Side of the World” by Jimmy Buffett

”Togethering” by Kenny Burrell with Grover Washington Jr.

”Jonathan Butler” by Jonathan Butler

”Windy City Breakdown” by the Jonathan Cain Band

”Lovelines” by The Carpenters

”Blues Farm” by Ron Carter

”Spanish Blue” by Ron Carter

”Anything Goes” by Ron Carter

”Song for You” by Ron Carter

”Standard Bearers” by Ron Carter and Friends

”New York Slick” by Ron Carter

”Pick ;Em/Super Strings” by Ron Carter

”Margaritaville Café: Late Light…” by Club Trini

”Judith” by Judy Collins

”I’m in Need of Love” by Lou Courtney

”heart and Soul” by Hank Crawford

”Wildflower” by Hank Crawford

”Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing” by Hank Crawford

”I Hear a symphony” by Hank Crawford

”Everything Must Change” by Ron Crawford

”Way Back Home” by The Crusaders

”Free as the Wind” by The Crusaders

”Priceless Jazz” by The Crusaders

”The Crusaders Finest Hour” by The Crusaders

”Best of…1958-1980” by Jackie DeShannon

”Best of Desmond” by Paul Desmond

”Skylark” by Paul Desmond

”In the Right Place” by Dr. John

”Ultimate Dr. John” by Dr. John

”Mos’ Scocious: Anthology” by Dr. John

”Teasin’” by Cornell Dupree

”East Bounce” by East Bounce

”Struggle Buggy” by William Eaton

”I Don’t Know How to Love Him” by Yvonne Elliman

”Yvonne Elliman” by Yvonne Elliman

”Best of Yvonne Elliman” by Yvonne Elliman

”Face ot Face” by Kevin Eubanks

”Symbiosis” by Bill Evans

”Cool Cat Blues” by Georgie Fame

”More Things Change” by Far Cry

”La Cathedral Y El Toro” by Joe Farrell

”Primal Scream” by Maynard Ferguson

”Conquistador” by Maynard Ferguson

”Carnival” by Maynard Ferguson

”This is Jazz, vol 16” by Maynard Ferguson

”New Vintage” by Maynard Ferguson

”Quiet Fire” by Roberta Flack

”Robert Flack & Donny Hathaway” by Robert Flack

”Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Roberta Flack

”I’m the One” by Roberta Flack

”Softly with these Songs: The Best” by Roberta Flack

”David Forman” by David Forman

”Let Me in Your Life” by Aretha Franklin

”With Everything I Feel in Me” by Aretha Franklin

”Queen of Soul” by Aretha Franklin

”Burchfield Nines” by Michael Franks

”Camera Never Lies” by Michael Franks

”Best of Michael Franks: A Backward” by Michael Franks

”Indispensable: The Best of Michael Franks” by Michael Franks

”Soul Searchin’” by Glenn Frey

”Solo collection” by Glenn Frey

”20th Century Masters” by Glenn Frey

”Disco Nights” by GQ

”Ginseng Woman” by Eric Gale

”Multiplication” by Eric Gale

”Part of You” by Eric Gale

”Best of Eric Gale” by Eric Gale

”Watermark” by Art Garfunkel

”Gene & Francesca” by Gene and Francesca

”Synergy” by Glassharp

”Barry Goldberg” by Barry Goldberg

”Best of Grant Green, vol 2” by Grant Green

”Blue Breakbeats” by Grant Green

”One of a Kind” by Dave Grusin

”Priceless Jazz” by Dave grusin

”Very Best of Dave Grusin” by Dave Grusin

”Abandoned Luncheonette” by Hall and Oates

”Atlantic Collection” by Hall and Oates

”Bird on a Wire” by Tim Hardin

”Suite for Susan Moore & Damion” by Tim Hardin

“Extension of a Man” by Donny Hathaway

”Best of Donny Hathaway” by Donny Hathaway

”Milestone Years” by Joe Henderson

”In Pursuit of Blackness” by Joe Henderson

”Black is the Color” by Joe Henderson

”Hidden Strength” by Hidden Strength

”Nature’s Baby” by Lena Horne

Lena and Michael” by Lena Horne

”A.K.A. Lorenzo” by Larry Hosford

”Best of Bobbi Humphrey” by Bobbi Humphrey

”Good Life” by Bobbi Humphrey

”Passion Flute” by Bobbi Humphrey

”No Way” b y Bobbi Humphrey

”Arthur Hurley & Gottlieb” by Arthur Hurley and Gottlieb

”Montara” by Bobby Hutcheerson

”Sophisticatedd Lady” by Kimiko Itoh

”Standards My Way” by Kimiko Itoh

”Goodbye” by Milt Jackson

”Sunflower” by Milt Jackson

”Checkin’ In” by Jaroslav Jakubovic

”One” by Bob James

”Two” by Bob James

“Three” by Bob James

”Heads” by Bob James

”BJ4” by Bob James

”Four” by Bob James

”Best of Bob James” by Bob James

”Lucky Seven” by Bob James

”H” by Bob James

”Touchdown” by Bob James

”One on One” by Bob James and Earl Klugh

”Flashback Follow Bob James” by Bob James

”Genie” by Bob James

”Foxie” by Bob James

”Restoration: The Best of Bob James” by Bob James

”Essential Collection” by Bob James

”Sign of the Times” by Bob James

”Glow” by Al Jarreau

”Without Rhyme or Reason” by Scott Jarrett

”Garland Jeffreys” by Garland Jeffreys

”Matador & More” by Garland Jeffreys

”Stranger” by Billy Joel

”52nd Street” by Billy Joel

”Innocent Man” by Billy Joel

”Greatest Hits, vol 1&2” by Billy Joel

“Complete Hits Collection 1974-1997” by Billy Joel

”General Johnson” by General Johnson

”I Heard That!” by Quincy Jones

“Mellow Madness” by Quincy Jones

”Sounds..and Stuff Like That!” by Quincy Jones

”Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones” by Quincy Jones

”Ultimate Collection” by Quincy Jones

”Keepin’ up with the Jones” by The Joneses

”Margie Joseph” by Margie Joseph

”Margie” by Margie Joseph

”Michael Kenny” by Michael Kenny

”Gypsy Man” by Robin Kenyatta

”Terra Nova” by Robin Kenyatta

”Tightrope” by Steve Khan

”Blue Man” by Steve Khan

”Thoroughbred” by Carole King

”Her Greatest Hits” by Carole King

”Natural Woman: The Ode Collection” by Carole King

”Does You House have Lions” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

”Aces Back to Back” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

”Case of the 3-Sided Dream in Audio” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

”Vibration Continues” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

”Ballads” by Earl Klugh

”Love Songs” by Earl Klugh

”Living Inside Your Love” by Earl Klugh

”Finger Painting” by Earl Klugh

”Heart String” by Earl Klugh

”Best of Earl Klugh, vol 1” by Earl Klugh

”Best of Earl Klugh, vol 2” by Earl Klugh

”Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips” by Gladys Knight and the Pips

”Second Coming” by Jerry Lacroix

”Jungle Fever” by Neil Larsen

”Every Village has a Song” by Yusef Lateef

”Best of Hubert Laws” by Hubert Laws

”Morning Star” by Hubert Laws

”Romeo & Juliet” by Hubert Laws

”Donal Leace” by Donal Leace

”Valotte” by Julian Lennon

”Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins

”Like a Thief in the Night” by Mike Longo

”Subway Serenade”

”Mind’s eye” by Jon Lucien

”Sweet Control: The Best of Jon Jucien” by Jon Lucien

”Taj” by Taj Mahal

”That Lovin’ Feelin’” by Junior Mance

”Loft” by David MancusoPresents

”Chuck Mangione’s finest Hour” by Chuck Mangione

”Coming Out” by the Manhattan Transfer

”Anthology: Down in Birdland” by the Manhattan Transfer

”Evolution of Mann” by Herbie Mann

”Herbie Mann Anthology” by Herbie Mann

”Push Push” by Herbie Mann

”Discotheque” by Herbie Mann

”Waterbed” by Herbie Mann

”Surprises” by Herbie Mann

”Brazil: Once Again” by Herbie Mann

”Best of the Atlantic Years” by Herbie Mann

”Other Peoples Rooms” by Mark-Almond

”Funk in a Mason Jar” by Harvey Mason

”Groovin’ You” by Harvey Mason

”Sho Nuff Groove” by Harvey Mason

”Les McCann Anthology” by Les McCann

”Invitation to Openness” by Les McCann

”Layers” by Les McCann

“Don McLean” by Don McLean

“Playin’ Favourites” by Don McLean

”Homeless Brother” by Don McLean

”Divine Miss M” by Bette Midler

”Bette Midler” by Bette Midler

”Divine Collection” by Bette Midler

”Experience the Divine” by Bette Midler

”Best of Marcus Miller” by Marcus Miller

”Ballad of Birmingham” by Jerry Moore

”Peach Melba” by Melba Moore

”2” by Russell Morris

”Evening with Belafonte” by Nana Mouskouri

”Power of Soul” by Idris Muhammad

”My Turn” by Idris Muhammad

”Fiyo on the Bayou” by The Neville Brothers

”Uptown Rulin’” by The Neville Brothers

”House of David” by David “Fathead” Newman

”Lonely Avenue” by David “Fathead” Newman

”Weapon/ At Home and Abroad” by David “”Fathead” Newman

”Christmas and the Beads of Sweat” by Laura Nyro

”TP” by Teddy Pendergrass

”It’s Time for Love” by Teddy Pendergrass

”Alone Again” by Esther Phillips

”Performance” by Esther Phillips

”What a Difference a Day Makes”by Esther Phillips

”Esther Phillips and Joe Beck” by Esther Phillips and Joe Beck

”Capricorn Princess” by Esther Phillips

”For All We Know” by Esther Phillips

”Sound Investment” by Flip Phillips

”Best of Pieces of a Dream” by Pieces of a Dream

”Pieces of a Dream” by Pieces of a Dream

”We Are One” by Pieces of a Dream

”Phantazia” by Noel Pointer

”Hold On” by Noel Pointer

”Sweet Revenge” by John Prine

”Soul is…Pretty Purdie” by Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

”Crystal Green” by Rainbow

”Streetlights” by Bonnie Raitt

”Bonnie Raitt Collection” by Bonnie Raitt

”Randalls New York” by Elliott Randall

”Peaceful World” by The Rascals

”Island of Real” by The Rascals

”Anthology (1965-1972)” by The Rascals

”It’s Supposed to Be Fun” by Lou Rawls

”Legendary Lou Rawls by Lou Rawls

”On the Track” by Leon Redbone

”Martha Reeves” by Martha Reeves

”Martha Reeves Compilation” by Martha Reeves

”Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Max Roach

”Gilded Collection: 1986-1989” by David Rudder

”Taking Off” by David Sanborn

”Best of David Sanborn” by David Sanborn

”Love Songs” by David Sanborn

”Heart to Heart” by David Sanborn

”Hideaway” by David Sanborn

”Voyer” by David Sanborn

”Backstreet” by David Sanborn

”Straight to the Heart” by David Sanborn

”Whatcha Gonna Do for Me?” by Steve Satten

”Towering Toccata” by Lalo Schiffrin

”Something” by Shirley Scott

”New York Connection” by Tom Scott

”Blow it Out” by Tome Scott

”Intimate Strangers” by Tom Scott

”Street Beat” by Tom Scott

”Best of Tom Scott” by Tom Scott

”Aplle Juice” by Tom Scott

”Smokin’ Section” by Tom Scott

”Seawind” by Seawind

”Giant Box” by Don Sebesky

“Brand New Thing” by Doc Severinsen

”Experiment in White” by Janis Siegel

”Hotcakes” by Carly Simon

”Best of Carly Simon” by Carly Simon

”Still Crazy After All these Years” by Paul Simon

”Greatest Hist, Etc.” by Paul Simon

”One Trick Pony” by Paul Simon

“Graceland” by Paul Simon

”Negotiations and Love Songs” by Paul Simon

”Tiger Love” by Ray Simpson

”Valerie Simpson” by Valerie Simpson

”L.A. is My Lady” by Frank Sinatra

”Higher Ground” by Johnny “Hammond” Smith

”Phoebe Snow” by Phoebe Snow

”Second Childhood” by Phoebe Snow

”Never Letting Go” by Phoebe Snow

”Against the Grain” by Phoebe Snow

”Harder to Live” by Splinter

”Starland Vocal Band” by the Starland Vocal Band

”Tough and Tender” by Charlie starr

”Greatest Hits” by Steely Dan

”Gaucho” by Steely Dan

”Mizrab” by Gabor Szabo

”Macho” by Gabor Szabo

”Master Grady Tate” by Grady Tate

”Walking Man” by James Taylor

”Greatest Hits” by James Taylor

”Best of James Taylor” by James Taylor

”Kate Taylor” by Kate Taylor

”Strokin’” by Richard Tee

”Natural Ingredients” by Richard Tee

”Real Time” by Richard Tee

”Burnin; at the stake” by The Domenic Troiano Band

”Short Trip to Space” by John Tropea

”Simple Way to Say I Love You” by John Tropea

”Other Side” by Tufano and Giammarese

”Club Trini” by Michael Utley

”Nice to Have Met You” by Thijs Van Leer

”Forever, for Always, for Love” by Luther Vandross

”All the King’s Horses” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Soul Box, vol. 2” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Mister Magic” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Feels So Good” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Secret Place” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Skylarkin’” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Come Morning” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Winelight” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Anthology” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Best is Yet to Come” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Inside Moves” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Best of Grover Washington Jr.” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Ultimate Collection” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Incontoumables” by Grover Washington Jr.

”Love Songs” by Grover Washington Jr.

”How’s Everything” by Sadao Watanabe

”Rendezvous” by Sadao Watanabe

”Fill Up the Night” by Sadao Watanabe

”Selected” by Sadao Watanabe

”10th Avenue” by Patrick Williams

”Joy of Flying” by tony Williams

”Cris Williamson” by Cris Williamson

”Menagerie” by Bill Withers

”Bout Love” by Bill Withers

”Greatest Hits” by Bill Withers

”Watching You Watching Me” by Bill Withers

”Lean on Me” by Bill Withers

”New Phil Woods Album” by Phil Woods

”Oh Girl” by Young-Holt Unlimited

Original Soundtrack for the “Wiz”

Original Soundtrack for “Saturday Night Fever”

Original Soundtrack for “Body Rock”

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