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79 (age at death) years
26th July, 1914
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
11th November, 1993
Trumpet Player, Bandleader
|Music Genre (Text)||
Swing, Big Band
Blues, Swing, Jump Blues, New York Blues, Regional Blues
Elegant, Sophisticated, Amiable/Good-Natured, Joyous, Rollicking, Gritty
Vocalion Records, RCA Records
Erskine Ramsay Hawkins (July 26, 1914 – November 11, 1993) was an American trumpet player and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel". He is most remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. The song became a popular hit during World War II, rising to No. 7 nationally (version by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra) and to No. 1 nationally (version by the Glenn Miller Orchestra). Vocalists who were featured with Erskine's orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown and Della Reese. Hawkins was named after Alabama industrialist Erskine Ramsay.
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