He carried a particular notch to hits by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, and that’s just the beginning
Roger Hawkins, a drummer who molded American well known music as a component of the Alabama’s acclaimed Muscle Shoals music scene, has passed on. The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation declared the news on Thursday evening (May 20). As per AL.com, Hawkins kicked the bucket following an all-inclusive disease and quite a long while of wellbeing battles. He was 75.
As an individual from the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section—a gathering all the more nonchalantly known as the Swampers—Hawkins brought an awesome nation funk reasonableness to scores of pop, soul, R&B, and rock hits. A 2013 narrative, Muscle Shoals, archived the worldwide impact of Hawkins and his friends. Hawkins most outstandingly worked with Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, showing up on gigantic hits like “Regard,” “Think,” “Chain of Fools,” “Colt Sally,” and “Place that is known for 1000 Dances.” He likewise played drums on the Staple Singers’ notorious “I’ll Take You There,” drawing on reggae impacts for the melody’s unique cadence.
Hawkins was brought into the world in Indiana and fostered an interest in percussion from youth, empowered by relatives. He showed up in Alabama as a teen, following a couple of vagrant years as a visiting performer. In 1965, Hawkins played drums on a tune by a neighborhood vocalist: Percy Sledge. The single was “The point at which a Man Loves a Woman,” which immediately made monstrous progress. At Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios, he joined Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, and David Hood in the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The gathering much of the time worked with Aretha Franklin, going about as her band on Aretha Arrives, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, and others. They joined Solomon Burke on King Solomon prior to sponsorship Etta James on 1968’s Tell Mama, which incorporates her exemplary “I’d Rather Go Blind.”
Hawkins left FAME with his kindred Swampers in 1969, helping to establish the new Muscle Shoals Sound with financing help from super-maker Jerry Wexler in close by Sheffield, Alabama. Cher’s 3614 Jackson Highway was the primary collection recorded there, with the vocalist acquiring the studio’s location for its title. After Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun considered the studio later in 1969, the gathering stayed popular all through the 1970s.
Hawkins’ credits in this period incorporate Mavis Staples’ Only for the Lonely, Linda Ronstadt’s self-named record, Ry Cooder’s Boomer’s Story, and Paul Simon’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. In 1973, Steve Winwood selected Hawkins and his kindred Swampers to be his support band on Traffic’s Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory and the live collection On the Road. Later in the decade, Hawkins showed up on more records by Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack, Millie Jackson, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, and the sky is the limit from there.
Hawkins proceeded with a functioning music profession well into the 1990s, easing back as he encountered tinnitus yet staying close with his Muscle Shoals partners. “We adored what we were doing. What’s more, when we were in that studio nothing else made a difference,” he told AL.com in 2019. “We had a fun time making things sound like what we needed them to seem like, trusting individuals might want what we’re doing.”
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