Roger Hawkins

born on 16/10/1945 in Mishawaka, IN, United States

died on 20/5/2021 in Sheffield, AL, United States

Roger Hawkins

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Roger Hawkins

Roger G Hawkins (born October 16, 1945 in Mishawaka, Indiana, US), is an American drummer best known for playing as part of the studio backing band known as The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. Hawkins's drumming can be heard on dozens of hit singles, including tracks by Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin ("Respect, "I Never Loved A Man", etc.), Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally, "Land of 1,000 Dances"), The Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Cat Stevens, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Traffic and Willie Nelson.

Top 40 US Hits

Artist Song title US charts highest charting date Miscellaneous
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman #1 April 30, 1966
Wilson Pickett Land of a 1.000 Dances #6 August 13, 1966
James & Bobby Purify I'm Your Puppet #6 October 22, 1966
Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally #22 December 10, 1966
Etta James Tell Mama # 23 December 30, 1967
Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) #9 March 18, 1967
Aretha Franklin Respect #1 May 6, 1967
Aretha Franklin Chain of Fools #2 December 16, 1967
Aretha Franklin Since You've Been Gone #5 March 2, 1968
Percy Sledge Take Time to Know Her # 11 April 6, 1968
Aretha Franklin [1] Think #7 May 25, 1968
Clarence Carter Slip Away # 6 August 17, 1968
Wilson Pickett Hey Jude #23 January 4, 1969 Duane Allman, guitar
R.B. Greaves Take a Letter Maria # 2 October 25, 1969
The Staple Singers Heavy Makes You Happy #27 March 20, 1971
The Staple Singers Respect Yourself #12 November 13. 1971
Staple Singers I'll Take You There #1 April 15, 1972
Mel & Tim Starting All Over Again # 19 September 16, 1972
Paul Simon Kodachrome #2 June 2, 1973
Paul Simon Loves Me Like a Rock #2 August 18, 1973 vocals by Dixie Hummingbirds
Bob Seger Mainstreet #24 May 4, 1977 Bob Seger System
Bob Seger We've Got Tonight #13 November 25, 1978 Silver Bullet Band
Bob Seger Old Time Rock & Roll #28 May 5, 1979 Silver Bullet Band

On being a session musician

"Playing with the same guys for so long, well, it's really hard to impress Barry, David or Jimmy because they've heard me do it before. And it's the same with them. I mean, if Barry plays a hot lick, I don't congratulate him; he's supposed to do that. I don't know what it is, but when the four of us sit down to play, it's almost like a burden has been lifted from our shoulders. It's like, "Hey, we're home." [2]

References and external links

  1. Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul, The Atlantic Recordings box set liner notes, Rhino Records Inc., 1992
  2. Weinberg, Max, foreword by Bruce Springsteen, The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers, Billboard Books, NY, 1984/1991 p. 58
  • Weinberg, Max, foreword by Bruce Springsteen, The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers, Billboard Books, NY, 1984/1991 pp. 4459
  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Revised and Enlarged, Billboard Books, New York, 1992
  • "The Muscle Shoals Sound: 3614 Jackson Highway liner notes, Rhino Records Inc., 1993
  • The Exciting Wilson Pickett, lines notes, Atlantic Recording Corp,Los Angeles, CA, 1996 & 1993
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Greatest Hits, Capitol Records, Inc., 1994
  • [Roger Hawkins at All Music Guide Allmusic Roger Hawkins]
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