Ronnie Hawkins, 1935 — 2022

Ronnie Hawkins, 1935 -- 2022

Rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins died last Sunday at the age of 87. The Arkansas-born musician moved to Canada, and assembled a band, The Hawks. The Hawks lineup would gradually become The Band in the mid-1960s.

Here are Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks interpreting a Chuck Berry song in 1959:

Ronnie Hawkins (vocals), Jimmy Ray “Luke” Paulman (guitar), Willard “Pops” Jones (piano), Jimmy “Lefty” Evans (bass), Levon Helm (drums).


“Rocker Ronnie Hawkins, dies at 87, patron of Canadian rock,” Hillel Italie, Associated Press

“Ronnie Hawkins, cross-border rockabilly legend and endearing showman, dies at 87,” David Friend, Toronto Star

“Ronnie Hawkins, Rockabilly Road Warrior, Is Dead at 87,” Peter Applebome, New York Times

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Top image (“Honky Tonk”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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