Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins

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Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins

Birthdate: (79)
Death: May 2002 (75-83)
Califormia, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Unknown Leatherwood
Mother of Etta James

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins

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"Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins is the mother of the legendary Etta James, who died earlier this year at the age of 73. In an interview with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Etta said she hadn’t known that her mother was a singer. According to the interview, which quoted from her autobiography, Rage to Survive, they didn’t spend much time together when Etta was young. In her early years, Etta said, she didn’t get along well with her teenage mother. But by the time of the recording of the album Blue Gardenia, they were much older and things were better. Etta agreed to let her mother do a duet with her on just one track, but she said that since her mother knew the song better than she did, she let her mom fly solo, on the title track “Blue Gardenia.” " info is about mid page of this site.

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Blue Gardenia is an album by Etta James, released in August 2001 through the record label Private Music. Produced by John Snyder, who had worked with James on five of her previous studio albums, Blue Gardenia contains thirteen jazz standards from the 1930s–50s arranged by pianist Cedar Walton. Between November 2000 and February 2001, Snyder and Walton first assembled musicians to record tracks while James was recovering from a flu; her vocals were added following her recovery. In addition to Walton, guests appearing on the album included Red Holloway on tenor saxophone and Dorothy Hawkins, James' mother, who provided vocals on the title track. James promoted the album by touring throughout the United States leading up to and following its release. Critical reception of the album was positive overall. The album reached a peak position of number one on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. Hawkins died in May 2002, less than a year following the album's release.

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Isabel Georgia Hawkins Daniels (Baby Book)

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Leatherwood descendants- John Leatherwood. at bottom of page, you can progress, to modern times by clicking the link "next page".

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Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins's Timeline

January 25, 1938
Age 15
Los Angeles, CA, United States
May 2002
Age 79
Califormia, United States