Ronnie Hawkins Diagnosed With Cancer

Veteran honky-tonk singer Ronnie Hawkins, whose backup band the Hawks went on to join Bob Dylan and then gain prominence as the Band, has been diagnosed with cancer, family members said yesterday (Aug

Veteran honky-tonk singer Ronnie Hawkins, whose backup band the Hawks went on to join Bob Dylan and then gain prominence as the Band, has been diagnosed with cancer, family members said yesterday (Aug. 28). The 67-year-old performer underwent surgery Aug. 13 in Toronto to remove part of a tumor that was found to be cancerous.

Doctors said there was no sign the cancer had spread, and no immediate plans for Hawkins to undergo chemotherapy. He left the hospital on Aug. 19 and has been resting at home since. "I'm feeling good," he said in a statement. "[A] few more weeks and I'll be ready to rock."

Born in Huntsville, Ark., Hawkins moved to Canada in the early 1960s, where he established his reputation as an energetic performer. Throughout his career, he has released albums via a number of labels, including Roulette, Columbia, Atlantic, Monument, United Artists, Epic, and his own Hawk label.


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