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Late Night FDL: Ronnie Hawkins

I do not know why but when I got up this morning this song was in my head.

And I cannot for the life of me remember where I first heard it. But Ronnie Hawkins is a fairly famous Rock-a-Billy performer. Even with The Band. From Wikipedia:

Ronald “Ronnie” Hawkins (born January 10, 1935) is a rockabilly musician whose career has spanned more than half a century. Though his career began in Arkansas, US, where he’d been born and raised, it was in Ontario, Canada where he found success and settled for most of his life. He is considered highly influential in the establishment and evolution of rock music in Canada.[1]

Also known as “Rompin’ Ronnie”, “Mr. Dynamo”, or simply “The Hawk”, he was one of the key players in the 1960s rock scene in Toronto. Throughout his career, Hawkins has performed all across North America and recorded more than twenty-five albums. His hit songs included covers of Chuck Berry’s “Thirty Days” (entitled “Forty Days” by Hawkins) and Young Jessie’s “Mary Lou”, a song about a “gold digging woman”.[2] Other well-known recordings are “Who Do You Love?”, “Hey Bo Diddley”, and “Suzie Q”, which was written by his cousin, the late rockabilly artist Dale Hawkins.

Hawkins is also notable for his role as something of a talent scout and mentor. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of premiere backing musicians via his band, The Hawks. The most successful of those eventually formed The Band, while other musicians Hawkins had recruited provided the makings of Robbie Lane & The Disciples,[3] Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band,[4] Crowbar, Bearfoot, Skylark and most recently The Weber Brothers.

Not bad for someone who’s first hit is relatively unknown.

So what’s on you minds tonight FIREDOGS ?

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