Ronnie Hawkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Western Movies
Descriptive "tags": alternative oldies classic rock producer american indie rock singer-songwriter 80s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 January 1935, Huntsville, Arkansas, USA. Hawkins, rock ‘n’ roll’s humorous storyteller says: ‘I’ve been around so long, I remember when the Dead Sea was only sick’. His father played at square dances and his cousin, Dale Hawkins, staked his own claim to rock ‘n’ roll history with ‘Suzie-Q’. Hawkins, who did some stunt diving for Esther Williams’ swimming revue, earned both a science and physical education degree at the University of Arkansas, but his heart was in the ‘chitlin’ starvation circuit’ in Memphis. Because the pay was poor, musicians went from one club to another using the ‘Arkansas credit card’ - a siphon, a rubber hose and a five gallon can. Hawkins befriended Elvis Presley: ‘In 1954 Elvis couldn’t even spell Memphis: by 1957 he owned it’.

After Hawkins’ army service, he followed Conway Twitty’s recommendation by working...

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