Roger Hawkins (drummer)
|Birth name||Roger G. Hawkins|
|Born||October 16, 1945|
|Associated acts||Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section|
Roger Hawkins (born October 16, 1945) is an American drummer best known for playing as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Also known as the Swampers) 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 (The Way I Love You)" etc.), Wilson Pickett ("Mustang Sally", "Land of 1000 Dances"), The Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Cat Stevens, Duane Allman, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Boz Scaggs, Albert King, Traffic and Willie Nelson. He also recorded with Eric Clapton in the early 80's.
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."— Roger Hawkins, 
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 1000 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||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 the Dixie Hummingbirds|
|Bob Seger||Mainstreet||#24||May 4, 1977||Silver Bullet Band|
|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|
- Weinberg, Max (2004). The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers. Hudson Music. pp. 44–59. ISBN 978-0634082757.
- Whitburn, Joel (1992). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0823082803.
- Muscle Shoals Sound (liner notes). Various Artists. Rhino Records. 1993. R2-71517.
- The Exciting Wilson Pickett (liner notes). Wilson Pickett. Atlantic Records. 2002.
- Greatest Hits (liner notes). Bob Seger. Capitol Records. 1994.
- "Roger Hawkins: The Pulse of Muscle Shoals | Modern Drummer Magazine". www.moderndrummer.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
- Weinberg, Max (2004). The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers. Hudson Music. p. 58. ISBN 978-0634082757.
- Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings (box set liner notes). Aretha Franklin. Atlantic Records. 1992.