Unfortunately, the co-founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, who played on albums for everyone from Aretha Franklin to Wilson Pickett, passed away. Roger Hawkins’ cause of death is announced.
Roger G. Hawkins suffered from multiple health problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in recent years, and he died after an extended illness. The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation confirmed that Roger Hawkins died on Thursday, May 20, at 75.
Roger Hawkins was a drummer who played on many outstanding records as part of the soulful Muscle Shoals, Alabama, collective of session musicians known as “The Swampers.”
Born in Indiana, Roger G. Hawkins was hired in 1964 as a session musician at Rick Hall’s FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. He played on an impressive list of songs by various soul and R&B artists until 1969. One of them was Aretha’s immortal version of Otis Redding’s “Respect.”
In an interview in 2019, Roger recalled watching Franklin and her sister sing the famous “sock it to me” backing-vocal part.
He said: “At the time I thought, ‘This is really cooking,’ I never realized what kind of history was being made, but I knew that I liked it a lot.”
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Great Drummer Roger Hawkins’ Cause of Death
The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation confirmed Hawkins’ death on its official Facebook page, noting that he died on Thursday afternoon, May 20, at his home in Sheffield, Alabama.
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Members of The Swampers opened their recording facility, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, in 1969, in nearby Sheffield and christened themselves the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, and Cat Stevens are among the many music standouts who Hawkins worked with at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
Roger and his fellow Swampers also were briefly members of Traffic during the early 1970s. In 1995, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2008.
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