Erskine Hawkins

Erskine Hawkins
1914 - 1993

Erskine Hawkins  American Musician


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First Name Erskine
Last Name Hawkins
Age 79 (age at death) years
Birthday 26th July, 1914
Birthplace Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died 11th November, 1993
Build Average
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Leo
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Trumpet Player, Bandleader
Occupation Musician
Music Genre (Text) Swing, Big Band
Music Genre Jazz
Music Style Blues, Swing, Jump Blues, New York Blues, Regional Blues
Music Mood Elegant, Sophisticated, Amiable/Good-Natured, Joyous, Rollicking, Gritty
Instrument Trumpet, Leader
Instrument (text) Trumpet
Record Label 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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