Ronnie Hawkins was born in Arkansas in 1935. It was in the 50s at the University of Arkansas that he began performing rockabilly, and formed his own group which he christened The Hawks. They toured around Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, and Hawkins became known for his wild showmanship. He also owned his own rock & roll club in his hometown of Fayetteville.
After a failed audition for Sun Records, Hawkins took the Hawks up to Canada in 1958 where they were enthusiastically recieved and were highly successful. In 1959 they managed to get signed to Roulette, and had a couple of modest hit singles, covers of Young Jessie's "Mary Lou" and Chuck Berry's "Thirty Days" (retitled "Forty Days"). His debut album came out the same year, featuring both singles. At that point The Hawks consisted of guitarist Jimmy Ray Paulman, pianist Pop Jones, bassist Lefty Evans and a young drummer by the name of Levon Helm.
|> Mr Dynamo (1960)
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