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Donny Hathaway: Trouble In His Soul - The Audiophile Man
Title: Everything is Everything Label: Speakers Corner Frustrating. That’s Donny Hathaway. That this soul man, with a smooth voice, an accomplished interpreter of the protest song, a singer who some believed was a greater talent than Otis Redding, should come to this, “Donny Hathaway, a 33-year-old Grammy‚Äźaward winning singer and composer of pop tunes with blues and gospel undertones, died Saturday after he plunged from the 15th floor of his Essex House room at 160 Central Park South, the police said.” As told by the New York Times. There were colleagues who refused to believe the suicide verdict. His estranged wife Eulalah did comment that Hathaway had been suffering from emotional problems, “He was troubled.” She said his ‘trouble’ was his quick rise to success and the anxiety it had produced. Hathaway had been a long-time producer, arranger, songwriter and session pianist/keyboardist. Then he released the classic single, The Ghetto Pt.1 to deafening silence (although hip hop creators have sampled the hell out of it ever since). Then this album was released on Atco in 1970, Everything is Everything is plastered with quality backing musicians which provide a perfect framework to allow Hathaway’s rich vocal tones to ooze into your …