Lula Mae Hardaway

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Lula Mae Hardaway (January 11, 1930, Eufaula, Alabama – May 31, 2006, Los Angeles, California) was a songwriter and the mother of blind soul musician Stevie Wonder. She spent most of her adult life in Saginaw, Michigan, but from 1975 lived in Los Angeles.[1] She died at age 76.

Life[edit]

Hardaway co-wrote many of her son's songs during his teenage years, including the hit singles "I Was Made to Love Her", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", "You Met Your Match" and "I Don't Know Why I Love You", co-writing 4 songs on the 1968 album For Once in My Life.[1] For co-writing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", she was co-nominated for the 1970 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

In 1974 Hardaway was with her then-23-year-old son at the Hollywood Palladium when he received his first Grammy, one of various he received that night.[2]

Wonder purchased a house for his mother in the San Fernando Valley, where she enjoyed a life of churchgoing, fishing, horse racing and cooking, including what family members called a "legendary peach cobbler."[2]

Legacy[edit]

Hardaway was the subject of a 2002 authorized biography entitled Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder's Mother (ISBN 0-7435-2695-3) by Dennis Love and Stacy Brown.[2]

When she died in 2006, she had 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A service for her was held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. There were remarks by Motown founder Berry Gordy and songs by gospel singer Yolanda Adams and others.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lula Mae Hardaway, 76, Stevie Wonder's Mother, Dies". The New York Times. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jocelyn Y. Stewart (June 10, 2006). "Lula Mae Hardaway, 76; Stevie Wonder's Mother Helped Him Write Lyrics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 

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