He worked with Ray Charles, Bill Withers, James Taylor, Deniece Williams and Cheech & Chong during his 50-plus-year career.
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 was 76.
McDonald died Wednesday in Las Vegas after a long battle with cancer, a family spokesperson said.
In the 1960s, McDonald served as the musical director and pianist for The Vocals — an opening act for Charles that was a forerunner of The 5th Dimension — and later played keyboards on “Moving on Up,” the theme song to the 1975-85 CBS sitcom The Jeffersons that was performed by actress Ja’Net DuBois and a gospel choir.