Dolores Hawkins

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Hawkins in 1960.

Dolores Hawkins (September 22, 1929 - January 15, 1987) was a singer from Brooklyn, New York. She is a part of the roots of both the rhythm & blues and hip hop record genres.

Vocal career[edit]

She is remembered for her vocals that accompanied band leaders Gene Krupa and Red Saunders.[1] She recorded "Heavenly Father"/"Rocks in My Bed" with The Four Lads in 1952.[2] Walter Winchell mentioned the newcomer Hawkins in his column of March 25, 1953. He said that she was admired by female vocalists Gloria DeHaven and Monica Lewis during her performance at the Copacabana.[3]

Hawkins released the single record "Scrap of Paper"/"I've Got A Letter", a 78 RPM, on OKeh Records in April 1953. The orchestra that accompanied her vocals was directed by Joe Reisman.[4] In 1954 Hawkins recorded "George"/"Silly Man"' on Epic Records. Billboard Magazine commented that she sang the ballad pastiche "George" with "the coolness of an English Savoyard."[5]

In November 1968 Hawkins performed in a "Cavalcade of Broadway" at Harry's American Showroom in Miami, Florida.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dolores Hawkins, international Movie Database, Internet article.
  2. ^ Rhythm & Blues Record Releases, Billboard, April 19, 1952, p. 34.
  3. ^ Walter Winchell, Washington Post, March 25, 1953, p. 35.
  4. ^ Billboard, April 18, 1953, p. 29.
  5. ^ Tunes, Billboard, December 25, 1954, p. 34.
  6. ^ Display Ad 303--No Title, New York Times, November 10, 1968, p. XX2.

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