Their infant daughter, Lalah, was in the studio, too, her presence memorialized on the recording when her whine of complaint zips up into a high-pitched squeal. Eulaulah Hathaway, for her part, was mainly known to the public through photos in Ebony and Jet in the seventies: here is the glamorous woman beside her famous husband; here is the mourning widow and single mother at his funeral. But she was a formidable singer in her own right. Now seventy-three, she recently spoke with me from her home, in Virginia Beach, about music education, God-given talent, and craft. Eulaulah was born in Danville, Virginia, to a family of bright, studious musicians and teachers. Her father, who had earned his doctorate from Boston University, was a minister at a church where her mother played hymns. Her elder sister was a musical prodigy who played the organ at Marsh Chapel, at Boston University. Eulaulah started piano lessons when she was six or seven, and she was working as a church accompanist by age eleven. She attended Howard University, in Washington, D.
A chance encounter 25 years ago with the singer Mary J. Lalah Hathaway, a successful singer in her own right and the elder of Hathaway's two daughters, has sporadically covered songs by her father. Really, he was a dude that loved music. He wanted to create something that would last forever — and he did. Born October 1, , Donny Hathaway was raised in St. Louis by his grandmother. He started playing piano at age 4 and toured the local gospel circuit with her as a child.
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Donny Edward Hathaway October 1, — January 13, was an American soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter, and arranger. Hathaway has been described as a "soul legend" by Rolling Stone. He's been inducted into the St.
While he was successful in his professional life, Hathaway was haunted in his personal life. During the prime of his career, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was forced to maintain an intensive medication regiment to maintain his sanity. His condition also brought tension to his personal relationships and caused a falling out with his close collaborator, Flack. However, the two would not get the chance to finish the project. After being sent home from a session on January 13th, by the producer after an episode of paranoid delusion, Hathaway returned to his room at The Essex House hotel in New York City. Later that night, his body was found on the sidewalk outside, right below his 15th-floor window. He was 33 years old. You can listen to the upbeat love song in all its painful irony below:.