|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||country classic country oldies boppin hillbilly hawshaw hawkins|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||biography discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Harold Franklin Hawkins, 22 December 1921, Huntingdon, West Virginia, USA, d. 5 March 1963, Camden, Tennessee, USA. Hawkins started on guitar but became proficient on many instruments. Success in a talent contest in 1937 led to paid work on radio stations in Huntingdon and Charleston. In 1942, he performed on radio in Manila when stationed in the Philippines. After his discharge, he signed with King Records and did well with Sunny Side Of The Mountain, which became his signature tune. He was a regular member of the WWVAs Wheeling Jamboree from 1946-54, which he left to join the Grand Ole Opry. In 1948 he became one of the first country artists to appear on network television. He had US country hits with Pan American, I Love You A Thousand Ways, Im Just Waiting For You and Slow Poke.
The tall, handsome country singer married fellow artist Jean Shepard, and they lived on a...