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  Ralph MacDonald

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Ralph MacDonald

Ralph MacDonald, born March 15, 1944 in Harlem, New York, was an American percussionist and song-writer. His best-known composition is the Grover Washington, Jr. – Bill Withers hit, "Just the Two of Us." He also wrote the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway song, "Where is the Love" with songwriting partner William Salter.

As a percussionist, MacDonald got an early start in his professional career, joining Harry Belafonte's band at age 17. In his latter years, he has the featured percussionist in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band since the late 1990s.

His recording credits are numerous, tracking hundreds of ablums with the likes of George Benson, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Steve Gadd, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, and Jimmy Buffett.

Some of MacDonald's featured on percussion highlights can be heard on George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin'; Carole King's 1975 album, Thoroughbred, Looking Glass's 1973 album, Subway Serenade, and Tom Scott's live 1981 album, Apple Juice, which also features legendary drummer, Steve Gadd.

MacDonald won several Grammy awards as a performer and producer for “Calypso Breakdown,” which appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Ralph MacDonald passed away on December 18, 2011 at the age of 67.

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