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Mine All Mine
by The Edwin Hawkins Singers, feat. Edwin Hawkins, chorus leader
Edwin Hawkins (1943 to 2018) was an American 'gospel' musician and choir leader. Edwin Reuben Hawkins was born on August 19th 1943 in Oakland, California, USA. By the age of seven, he had started playing keyboards with the family's gospel group. In May 1967, he was co-founder (alongside Betty Watson) of the Northern California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ, which included almost fifty members. The ensemble (more popularly known as 'The Edwin Hawkins Singers') recorded their first album, "Let Us Go into the House of the Lord", at the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, California. The choir used this as a fundraiser for their trip to the 1968 Youth Congress for the COGIC in Washington DC, in order to compete in the annual choir competition and represent the Northern California area, and came second. When they returned to California, they found out that San Francisco's 'KSAN' rock radio station were playing their song "Oh Happy Day" in heavy rotation on the airwaves. It became an instant hit, spreading to other parts of the country and eventually helping them to secure a major record deal with the newly-created 'Pavilion' label (distributed by 'Buddah'). Hawkins and the group released a second LP called "He's A Friend Of Mine" in 1969 - meanwhile "Oh Happy Day" had rocketed to sales of more than a million copies within two months, becoming a US crossover hit and climbing the charts in such countries as Canada, Ireland, France and Germany (plus the UK). In all, it sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, and he received his first "Grammy" award for it. Their second Top 10 hit was a collaboration piece with Melanie Safka, called "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" (credited to 'Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers'), and it peaked at No. 6 in the US, with Top 10 entries in several other countries. As a solo performer in 1990, Hawkins then had a No. 89 hit on the Billboard R&B chart with "If At First You Don't Succeed (Try Again)". He also appeared in the 1992 movie "Leap of Faith", naturally playing a 'gospel' choirmaster. Edwin Hawkins died from pancreatic cancer in Pleasanton, California, on January 15th 2018, at the age of 74.
Posted: 24th February 2018
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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