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Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins and Mr. Dynamo

Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, 9 August 1969

RONNIE HAWKINS came down out of the Ozarks, and after gigging with Carl Perkins and Harold Jenkins (later Conway Twitty), he decided he wanted to become a star. The man with the big cigar wasn't around at the time, though, so in 1958, with the help of a few homeboys like Levon Helm, Ronnie got the Hawks together and hit the road to stardom. Dig him, if you can: 'Mohair Sam' black suit, black pumps, white on white shirt, white tie – wopbobaloobopbalopbamboom!

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