Robbie Robertson of The band has issued a statement recognizing Ronnie as a great musician “Hawk” Hawkins, He died Sunday at the age of 87. Robertson and future members of the Band supported Hawkins during their formative years during the 1960s, before they visited with Bob Dylan and ran on to be one of its most powerful communities in musical history. Robertson’s comment was quoted in the text above. When I listened to him My heart broke “The Hawk” flew only into the twilight. The band’s narrative begins with Ronnie Hawkins. He was our coach. He taught us the rules of the road. When I was 16, Ronnie Hawkins brought me from Canada to the Mississippi. He recorded music I’d recorded and considered I might be gifted. He attempted me out with instrument and largemouth the only issue was that He was in a rush; I’m very kids to take in the venues they visited, I just was inept, not a good songwriter, but there are NO Canadians in blues rock and slide artists. But I did it until my hands were oozing and he ended up employing me against those bookies. Ron prides himself on getting top quality playing in his team. Levon Helm, his beat in the Hawks, and I discussed Ron into employing Rick Danko in largemouth and lyrics, Richard Manuel on music and lyrics, and Garth Hudson on bladder and sax. Along with Levon and me it became a miracle pairing. Ronnie was his uncle. Who created it all?. He had everyone practice consistently into the early hours. We laugh about it, but we’re getting better. Our target whether we realize it or not. After the Hawks turn Ron and runs out on us, We’ ve joined Bob Dylan. Last The Hawks have become The Band and The rest is history, as they say. All started with Ronnie Hawkins. He was not only an artist, a tremendous musician and composer, and has a style of lighthearted unequaled. Drop flat entertaining and completely unique. Hmm, one of these was also created by God. And he will survive in our soul eternally. My deepest condolences to his parents. Grace his heart.