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Percussionist & Songwriter Ralph MacDonald Dies at 67

Prolific musician appeared on hundreds of albums, wrote major hit songs

Ralph MacDonald, the Grammy-winning percussionist and composer who wrote the hit R&B songs “Where Is the Love” and “Just the Two of Us,” died Dec. 18 in Stamford, Conn., after a lengthy battle with lung cancer and a stroke. He was 67.

MacDonald worked within the jazz, soul and funk genres and contributed to recordings by Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Ashford & Simpson, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, the Brecker Brothers, Hall & Oates, Bob James, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and many others. Until his deteriorating health curtailed his ability to travel, MacDonald continued to tour as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

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