Roger Hawkins Drummer’s Cause of Death Reported as Health Issues

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section’s legend, Roger Hawkins drummer’s cause of death was revealed as several health issues after he passed away at the age of 75 at his home in Sheffield. Rest in peace.

Roger Hawkins’ death news was confirmed in a post by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation‘s Instagram account yesterday (May 20). The statement honors the drummer who shaped Alabama’s famed Muscle Shoals music scene, saying, “Our hearts are breaking today as the heartbeat of ‘The Swampers’ drummer Roger Hawkins passed away this afternoon at his home in Sheffield.”

It also came to describe the legend, “He was 75. Jerry Wexler called Roger, ‘the greatest drummer of all time’. Roger was a kind and generous man who loved family, friends and his fellow musicians.”

Hawkins, the founding drummer in the Swampers (the first name of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), played on hits like Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally,” and Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and many more.

What is Roger Hawkins Drummer’s Cause of Death?

Regarding to Roger Hawkins drummer’s cause of death, reports announced he lost his life after an extended illness because of multiple health problems that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Working with Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett in the 1960s, Hawkins finally left FAME in 1969, co-founding the new Muscle Shoals Sound with the support of super-producer Jerry Wexler in nearby Sheffield, Alabama. Cher’s ‘3614 Jackson Highway became the debut album recorded there.

Good to know, he also worked with:

  • Paul Simon
  • Ry Cooder
  • Steve Winwood
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Rod Stewart
  • Bobby Womack.

The statement from Muscle Shoals Music Foundation explained about Roger Hawkins’ funeral, “Arrangements will be announced soon. We love you Roger. Rest in Peace and watch over us as we are all better for having known you. We will think of you as we listen to your many hits including, ‘Respect Yourself’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, ‘I’ll Take You There’ and so many more.”


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