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Ted Hawkins


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Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States.

Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better known and well received in clubs and small concert halls.

Hawkins lived a difficult early life, ending up at a reform school by age 12, and drifting, hitching, and stealing his way across the country for the next dozen years, earning several stays in prison including a three-year stint for stealing a leather jacket as a teenager. Along the way, he picked up a love of music and a talent for the guitar. “I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949”, he wrote in a brief piece of autobiography . “There I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendent’s wife had got together”. After reform school, he ended up in the state penitentiary and was released at 19. “Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke. His voice did something to me.” For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out of trouble around the country, living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Newark. In the middle of the mid 1960s folk music boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career.


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  • srv_

    This man had such an incredibly soulful voice! To me Ted sounds a lot like Otis Redding and sometimes a little like Bob Seger. I discovered Ted Hawkins through his cover of "Green Green Grass of Home," and "Corrina, Corrina" from the soundtrack of the 1994 movie of the same name made me a fan.

    22 Fev 23h14 Responder
  • foggytown

    Ted is the best... @soulfullblues: Corrina, Corrina is on the 1994 soundtrack for the film.

    26 Mai 2012 Responder
  • soulfullblues

    trying to find corrina corrina by ted hawkins can any! help

    20 Abr 2012 Responder
  • Akayz7

    Like a rougher version of Al Green. Superb.

    18 Jun 2011 Responder

    THIS MAN'S JUST GREAT !!!!!!!!!!

    5 Fev 2011 Responder
  • OmarSleeze

    too bad i couldnt experience you in venice.

    4 Fev 2010 Responder
  • westfield72

    probably the most uplifting musician ever... beautiful

    3 Jul 2009 Responder
  • sometimesalmost

    soulful - lovely - can't get enough...

    29 Mai 2009 Responder
  • joeysparkle

    loving this new discovery ...strange comparisons ...voice like marley, melodies like orbison ....rifts like holly ....does that make sense?

    31 Jan 2009 Responder
  • cgbaguidi

    The Voice of a Hurricane SUPERB!!!!!

    12 Jan 2009 Responder
  • avmaxx

    Yeah I agree !! The real BIG deal !! Really awsome !!

    26 Dez 2008 Responder
  • ednaha

    This man's voice is the real deal.

    9 Nov 2008 Responder

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