|Tags:||blues folk soul singer-songwriter acoustic americana|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Theodore Hawkins Jnr., 28 October 1936, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, d. 1 January 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hawkins was more of a modern-day songster than a bluesman, his repertoire encompassing pop hits, country and folk standards, soul numbers and originals. He grew up with gospel music, and learned to play guitar at the age of 12, taught in the bluesy Vestapol (or open C) style by local musicians. He played with such force that he protected his left hand with a glove. As a boy, he was sent to a reformatory, and spent several terms in prison. He left home in the 50s, hoboing first to Chicago, Illinois, then to New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, eventually settling in California. He recorded Baby/Whole Lot Of Women for the Hollywood-based Money label in 1966; in 1971 he was spotted busking by producer Bruce Bromberg with whom he made an album. Apart from a single Sweet Baby, the recordings...