Ronnie Hawkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Western Movies
Tags: rockabilly rock and roll classic rock rock southern rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 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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