Ronnie Hawkins !
Yep, Ronald "Ronnie" Hawkins is a cousin to fellow rockabilly artist Dale Hawkins ! Known as "Rompin' Ronnie" Hawkins or "The Hawk", he was a key player in the 1960s rock scene in Toronto, Canada and his career has spanned 50 years !
Hawkins was born in 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas and came to Canada in 1958. His first gig was at the Brass Rail Tavern in London, Ontario where he became an overnight success. Hawkins decided to move to Canada permanently, and in 1964 became a permanent resident.
After a move to Ontario, as band members dropped out- with the exception of drummer Levon Helm, they were replaced with four Canadian musicians who eventually moved on with Helm as their fifth member, backing Bob Dylan in the late 1960s, after developing a world-famous sound and band of their own, taking the name, The Band. Other musicians Hawkins recruited provided the makings of Robbie Lane & The Disciples, and Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band.
Anyway, if you don’t know that wild cat (where the hell have you been I might ask), this is your day !
Ronnie Hawkins And The Hawks :
* Southern Love *
* Who Do You Love *
* Mary Lou *
NEXT STOP : HALLOWEEEEEEN !