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Album Review

Hawkins' tribute to Hank Williams is okay, if somewhat unexciting, more conscientious than inspired. His voice is good enough, but the songs aren't done in that interesting a fashion, and the inclusion of an obtrusive female chorus mars the proceedings somewhat — today, or even in the 1980s, this record would have been done leaner and harder. All of the expected numbers are here among the dozen, including "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Cold Cold Heart," "Jambalaya," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." (British import)


Born: 10 January 1935 in Huntsville, AR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ronnie Hawkins is a rockabilly singer who formed his original backing band, the Hawks, while attending the University of Arkansas. After auditioning unsuccessfully for Sun in 1957, he started working regularly in Canada the following year, eventually taking up permanent residence there. After one release on the Canadian Quality label, he signed with Roulette in New York in 1959, having hits with "Forty Days" and "Mary Lou." The live fervor of Hawkins (known as Mr. Dynamo) and the Hawks' show continued...
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