10 January 1935, Huntsville, Arkansas, USA. Hawkins, rock n rolls humorous storyteller says: Ive 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 couldnt even spell Memphis: by 1957 he owned it.
After Hawkins army service, he followed Conway Twittys recommendation by working...