- February 13, 2010
- North Little Rock, Arkansas
of Delmar's Passing
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“Missing you more each day....
1 of 25 | Posted by: Flo
“He was one of ROCK-N-ROLLS greatest.
2 of 25 | Posted by: Charles Stewart - Conway, AR
“I was so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. We had many good years together, and a lot of memories. Jerry, I'm sorry for your loss.
3 of 25 | Posted by: Yvonne Uzzell - Sherwood, AR
“I'll miss his sense of humor and his wonderfully sweet nature.
4 of 25 | Posted by: Kaye "Snake" Eginton - AR
“Dale helped a lot of musicians trying to get started in the music world. I have been drumming since I was 13yrs old and cant remember when he wasnt...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Stephen W Huselton Sr - AR
“I feel honored that I was able to get to meet and get to know Dale. I had grown up hearing his music and got to meet him through a buddy of mine Jeff...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Stewart Cheak - Bryant, AR
“Dale was delightful and wonderful person to know, my husband Ken Clark and my self never saw Dale with out a big smile on his face and he always gave...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Marilyn Clark - Sheridan, AR
“Dale was a special friend. His music will live on forever. I pray the family will cherish his memories and tell others of his talents. I have found...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Ann M. Stuckey-Davis - Shreveport, LA
“Thinking of you all.. our thoughts and prayers are with you.
9 of 25 | Posted by: Richard & Donna Pumphrey - AR
“Jerry and Pat
I am sorry for your loss. Your brother was a real music legend. I remember like it was yesterday when you brought him by our office...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: James Bass - Shreveport, LA
“Tu will be missed Mr. Hawkins
11 of 25 | Posted by: William and Marilyn Mercer - TX
“We are sorry for your loss. Some of our very best friends in Homer are Barbara and Perry Booth, an Aunt and Uncle of Dale Hawkins'. We have known the...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Gurvis and Shirley Vines - Homer, LA
“Our industry has lost a legend. My prayers go out to the family.
13 of 25 | Posted by: Rusty Bethley - Covington, LA
“Dale Hawkins should have been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in the first or second year. His style influenced generations of musicians...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Dennis Chandler - Solon, OH
“Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. We have been freinds of Jeff's for along time. I visited Mr. Hawkins on Thanksgiving and am so grateful for...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Patti Steinmetz - NLR, AR
“Dear family & friends,
It is with great sorrow I send this to you at this time. Dale and I are old friends. We met a long time ago when we both...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Bobby Rambo - Dallas, TX
“We so enjoyed the times we got to spend with you. You were trully a joy to be with, you warmed our hearts with your smile and laughter. We Love You!!...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy and Mike Hawkins - Uncle
“So sorry for your loss... We are thinking of you... Love and Prayers, Luke Stroud, Lacy Mitchell and Larry and Wanda Stroud
18 of 25 | Posted by: The Stroud Family - Cave City, AR
“Jerry & Pat, Jeff, Jay and families. Sorry to hear about the loss. I am glad he is not hurting anymore. I know he will enjoy being back in the...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Richard & Susan Hawkins - AR
“Jeff, Jay, Jerry & family. I was saddened to learn of your father / brother's death tonight. Your father had a great love for you. May God bless...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Billie J Abbott - Cabot, AR
“So strong! I don't know how you were able to do all that you have done since being diagnosed. Enjoyed the Christmas you & Flo were in Ohio &...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Becky (Buck)Stockum - Coshocton, OH
“I got to introduce Dale on stage at one of the rockabilly festivals in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I will never forget the few moments we chatted backstage...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: ken mottet - chicago - fan
“We'll miss you Dale.
23 of 25 | Posted by: Carole and Sheree Homer
“Dale (our Wildcat Tamer), We can't believe you are gone. You were a true master of music and your friendships with your fans. I'm glad I got to talk...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Carole and Sheree Homer - Kenosha, WI
“You are in our thoughts and prayers.
25 of 25 | Posted by: Chavonne and Jim Blair
Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins of North Little Rock, singer, songwriter, and producer, was born in Goldmine, Louisiana on August 22, 1936 and passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Dale was born into a family of musicians. His father, some uncles and cousins were part of a group known as “The Hawkins Family” that toured Arkansas and Oklahoma in the 1930’s and 1940’s. His father, “Skipper” Hawkins was one of the original “Sons of the Pioneers” singing group. His first Cousin, Ronnie Hawkins, was a recording artist in the 1950’s and 1960’s and still performs. Dale’s brother Jerry Hawkins was in the music industry for a period of time before going into private business.
In addition to his classic “Suzie Q”, Dale recorded over 40 songs on the “Chess” label for the now legendary Leonard Chess. He was the third entertainer to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and was the first white artist to perform at the “Apollo Theatre” in Harlem and the “Regal” in Chicago. After appearing on the CBS television show “Big Beat” in the late 1950’s, he was asked to “guest host” the show. The guest slot became a permanent job and “Big Beat” became the “Dale Hawkins Show”, whose guests included the top entertainers of that time.
In the mid-sixties Dale turned to behind-the-scenes work as a producer and A&R man and produced hits like “Not Too Long Ago” for Joe Stampley and the Uniques, “Western Union” by the Five Americans, “Do It Again A Little Bit Slower” by Jon & Robin, and then later worked as the A&R Director of RCA’s West Coast Division.
In the eighties and nineties, Dale returned to writing, recording, and entertaining. During this period, Dale recorded many CD’s including the classic “Wildcat Tamer” and the critically acclaimed “LA, Memphis, and Tyler, Texas”.
Several years ago Dale was diagnosed with cancer . He faced the news the only way he knew how. He kept on singing and entertaining across the U.S.A. and Europe until he became too weary to go on.
Dale is a member of the “Rockabilly Hall of Fame” and the “Louisiana Music Hall of Fame”. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
His mother, Estelle Taylor Phillips, and father, Delmar “Skipper” Hawkins predeceased him. Dale is survived by his loving sons, Jeffrey and Jay Paul; his brother, Jerry and wife Pat of Bossier City, Louisiana; his sister, Linda Snider and husband Grady of Alexandria, Louisiana; and his loyal companion/special friend, Flo Murdock. He cherished his three grandchildren, Marshall, William, and April. Dale leaves his music to comfort a great host of family members and friends.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at North Little Rock Funeral Home in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Services will be held in the funeral home chapel 10:00 AM Thursday, February 18, 2010, with burial services at 2:00 PM in Riverside Cemetery, St. Paul, Arkansas. Friends and fans are invited to join our family in a “Tribute and Celebration of Life” at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, Louisiana beginning at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, February 21st. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvre will be served.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the charity of your choice, or just help a struggling musician.
Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main Street, 758-1170.
Online obituary and guest register at www.nlrfh.com.