Ronnie Hawkins, musician and band teacher, has died at the age of 87


The post read: “The Band story began with Ronnie Hawkins. He was our teacher. He taught us the rules of the road.”

According to The Band website, Hawkins was born in Arkansas, but called Canada his home. He was a member of the group Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks that became popular in the early 1960s.

“Hawkins himself was practically Toronto’s answer to Elvis Presley,” the band said on their website.

Robertston said on Facebook, “Rooney was the godfather. The one who made this all happen. He made us train constantly until the wee hours. We turned it down, but we got better and better. Our goal whether we knew it or not.”

Robertson summed up “After the Hawks left Ron and went out on our own, we joined forces with Bob Dylan. Then the Hawks became the band and the rest is history, they say.” “It all started with Ronnie Hawkins.”

Robertson said “Not only was he a great entertainer, a great performer and a bandleader, he had an unparalleled sense of humor. He came down so funny and totally unique. Yes, God made only one of those. He will live in our hearts forever.”

Robertson did not share the cause of death.