The Hawks

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The Hawks
General information
origin Toronto , Canada
Genre (s) Rockabilly
founding 1957
resolution 1963
Founding members
Ronnie Hawkins
Jimmy Ray "Luke" Paulman
Willard "Pops" Jones
George Paulman
Levon helmet
Last occupation
Ronnie Hawkins
Saxophone, flute
Jerry "Ish" Penfound (since 1961)
Robbie Robertson (since 1960)
Richard Manuel (since 1961)
Saxophone, piano, organ
Garth Hudson (since 1961)
Rick Danko (since 1961)
Levon Helms
former members
Jimmy "Lefty" Evans (1958-1960)
Fred Carter, Jr. (1959-1960)
Scott Cushnie (1959-1960)
Stan Szelest (1960–1961)
Roy Buchanan (1960)
Rebel Payne (1960-1961)
Boyd Sarney (1961)

The Hawks was Ronnie Hawkins ' rockabilly band , who toured the clubs of the United States and Canada successfully for several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s and were one of the most successful live bands of the time. The Hawks had hits like Mary Lou . Some of the musicians from The Hawks started their own business in 1963 under the name The Band .

Band history

Ronnie Hawkings studied sports at the University of Arkansas , where he also formed his first band, the Hawks. He toured with them in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. When he dropped out of school, however, he first went to the United States Army , where he founded the Black Hawks together with exclusively African-American members. In 1957 he founded his own nightclub called The Rockwood Club, where the greats of the rockabilly scene such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins performed. He himself founded The Hawks again, which initially mainly appeared in the area until, on the advice of Conway Twitty, he went on tours in Canada.

The band performed regularly in Ontario, the line-up of his backing band changed constantly, as many of his fellow musicians did not want to stay in Canada. Hawkins were best known for Ronnie Hawkins rousing appearance. He was very athletic on stage and did a back flip on stage, for example . His dance style, the so-called "Camel Walk" was a kind of forerunner of the moonwalk .

With his band he was under contract with Roulette Records . The two singles Mary Lou and Forty Days reached the Billboard Hot 100 . He also appeared occasionally with an accompanying band on American television. Otherwise, however, he had little in common with his former home. Hawkins finally settled in Toronto in 1961. He lost his US citizenship and has been Canadian since 1964.

The Hawks' 1963 line-up, consisting of Robbie Robertson , Richard Manuel , Levon Helm (who was with The Hawks from the start), Garth Hudson and Rick Danko split from their singer in 1963 and soon after became Bob Dylan's backing band, which later also appeared as The Band . Hawkins then went on solo.

Line up


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Forty Days
  US 45 06/13/1959 (8 weeks)
Mary Lou
  US 26th 08/22/1959 (16 weeks)

Albums / compilations

  • 1959: Ronnie Hawkins
  • 1960: "Mr. Dynamo" ( Roulette Records )
  • 1970: Rock Story Vol. 1 ( Bellaphon / Roulette)
  • 1979: Rrracket Time (Charly Records)
  • 1987: Hello Again ... Mary Lou ( Epic Records )
  • 1990: The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks ( Rhino Records )
  • 1994: The Roulette Years (2CD, Sequel records)
  • 2002: The EP Collection (See For Miles Records)
  • 2005: Mary Lou (Collectables)
  • 2011: Forty Days (Snapper Music)
  • 2011: Ronnie Hawkins + Mr. Dynamo (Hoodoo Records)
  • 2013: History Records - American Edition 82 - 1959-1962 (History Records)


  • 1959: Southern Love / Love Me Like You Can
  • 1959: Forty Days
  • 1959: Mary Lou
  • 1960: Clara / Lonely Hours
  • 1960: Ruby
  • 1960: Mister and Mississippi / Summertime
  • 1960: Mr. Dynamo
  • 1964: Got My Mojo Working / Let The Good Times Roll
  • 1965: Bluebirds Over The Mountain / Diddley Diddley Daddy
  • 1980: School Day

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Ronnie Hawkins. In: The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 30, 2020 .
  2. ^ History of The Band: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. In: The Band. Retrieved May 30, 2020 .
  3. The Hawks at Allmusic (English). Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  4. Chart sources: US