Ronnie Hawkins dies: Rockabilly legend known as The Hawk dies aged 87

Ronnie Hawkins, known as a major influence on the Canadian rock scene, has died at the age of 87

Ronnie Hawkins is dead
Ronnie Hawkins is dead

Ronnie Hawkins, the star of Rockabilly known as The Hawk, has died aged 87.

The Arkansas musician who lived in Canada passed away Sunday after an illness of unknown cause, his wife Wanda confirmed Canadian Press.

“He passed away peacefully and he still looks as handsome as ever,” she told the publication.

Hawkins is considered a major influence on the development of Canadian rock music due to his intense passion for Southern blues.

His US top spot in the chart peaked at number 26, and although he’s not best known as a born musician, his popularity comes from His stage show, is characterized by his explosive vocals and humorous stage presence which he expresses as his emotional “walking camel”.

Rock star Ronnie Hawkins has passed away


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In his early days, he played with a band called The Hawks before they split and became Bob Dylan’s backing band.

They eventually changed their name to Band.

Hawkins won a Juno Award – that is the Canadian version of the Grammy – in his career before being honored in 2002 with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in October 2002.

The star’s fans mourned his death on social media after the news broke.

Among those paying their respects was SiriusXM host Eric Alper, who shared a black and white image of the star on Twitter along with the caption: “Ronnie Hawkins, most important rock and roller artist in history history of Canada, passed away at the age of 87.

“The band, Dale Hawkins, Bob Dylan and thousands of others wouldn’t be the same without him. The music wouldn’t be the same.

“He’ll miss you, and thank you, Hawk.”

The Band’s official Twitter account also shared a quote by Levon Helm along with a clip of them performing.

Condolence message to the star


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It reads: “Ronnie can really do crowd work on Friday nights. He’s more of an entertainer than a musician. He has a crowd mentality instinct and can start rumbling all over the place. room if he wants just by shaking his wrist.” – Levon Helm. “

They followed it up by concluding: “Rest in peace, Ronnie Hawkins.”

CBC’s Lucky Budd host also wrote: “Rest In Peace to The Hawk – Ronnie Hawkins has passed away aged 87. He was the man responsible for assembling and mentoring those who eventually became the Band. Who do you love, Ronnie?!”

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