Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian rock musician and mentor, dies

Ronnie Hawkins, the rockabilly rock star from Arkansas who became a patron of the Canadian music scene after moving north and recruiting a handful of local musicians who later became known as the band, has passed away.

His wife, Wanda, confirmed to the Canadian press that Hawkins died Sunday morning after an illness. He was 87 years old. “He went in peace and looked more handsome than ever,” she said by phone.

Born just two days after Elvis Presley, the original Huntsville Buddies were called Hawk (he also called himself “King of Rockabilly” and “Mr. Dynamo”) a hellish buff with a big jaw and buxom build.

He had minor successes in the 1950s with “Mary Lou” and “Odyssey” and ran a club in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which featured early rock stars such as Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Conway Tweety.

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