Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian rock ‘n’ roll legend and mentor to The Band, dies at 87

Southern rockabilly singer – Ronnie Hawkins, died on Sunday at the age of 87. His death was confirmed by his wife, Wanda, who said, “He passed away peacefully and looked better than ever.”

Known as a legend in the rock music genre, Hawkins helped form and launch “The Band”. He has also mentored several Canadian artists.

Ronnie rose to prominence with his highest-grossing single, “Mary Lou”, which peaked at number 26 on the US charts.

The singer was adored for his strong stage presence and vocals. Her “camel ride” dance was a crowd favorite.

Hawkins’ The Band established themselves as a critically acclaimed group, producing solo hits and seminal albums such as ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, ‘Up on Cripple Creek’ and ‘The Weight’.

The musician belonged to Arkansas and started touring Ontario in 1958. The following year Hawkins made a deal with Roulette Records and gave hits like “Mary Lou” and also appeared on “American Bandstand”. Early in his career, he worked with several bands, including The Rockabilly, a band that performed a unique blend of rustic sounds, a blend of country music and blues. However, it was The Band that established him as a noted musician.

From Duane Allman to Bob Dylan, Hawkins has collaborated with many great bands and singers, alongside artist mentors like Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson, who ultimately supported Bob Dylan on his turn. of the world in 1966. round.

In 1982, Hawkins received a Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist and received Juno Lifetime Achievement Awards in 1996 and 2007 from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The artist accepted an honorary appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014.

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