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Erskine Hawkins

Erskine Ramsay Hawkins (July 26, 1914 – November 11, 1993) was an American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel". He is best remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. The song became a hit during World War II, rising to No. 7 nationally (version by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra) and to No. 1 nationally (version by the Glenn Miller Orchestra). Vocalists who were featured with Erskine's orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown, and Della Reese. Hawkins was named after Alabama industrialist Erskine Ramsay.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 26, 1914 (Birmingham), Died November 11, 1993 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, director, composer, songwriter

Notes: Known as "The 20th Century Gabriel."

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 147 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-057365 10-in. 11/6/1940 Nona Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-057724 10-in. 11/20/1940 Rifftime Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-057725 10-in. 11/20/1940 I know a secret Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-057726 10-in. 11/20/1940 S'posin' Dolores Brown ; Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-057727 10-in. 11/20/1940 To-night you belong to me Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-060404 10-in. 1/22/1941 Keep cool fool Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060405 10-in. 1/22/1941 No use squawkin' Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-060406 10-in. 1/22/1941 Who's beatin' my time with you? Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065727 10-in. 5/15/1941 Uncle Bud Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065728 10-in. 5/15/1941 Blackout Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-065729 10-in. 5/15/1941 Blue sea Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065730 10-in. 5/15/1941 I love you truly Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal quartet instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065731 10-in. 5/15/1941 Shipyard ramble Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director, composer  
Victor BS-065908 10-in. 5/27/1941 Hey Doc! Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-065909 10-in. 5/27/1941 So long, Shorty Wilbur Bascomb ; Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and trumpet solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065910 10-in. 5/27/1941 I'm in a low down groove Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-065911 10-in. 5/27/1941 Night after night Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-067546 10-in. 8/8/1941 Someone's rocking my dream boat Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-067547 10-in. 8/8/1941 Jumpin' in a julep joint Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor BS-068712 10-in. 12/22/1941 Sometimes Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-068713 10-in. 12/22/1941 I don't want to walk without you Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-068714 10-in. 12/22/1941 Wrap your troubles in dreams (and dream your troubles away) Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-068715 10-in. 12/22/1941 [Unknown title(s)] Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-073288 10-in. 5/27/1942 Dont cry, baby Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-073289 10-in. 5/27/1942 Bicycle bounce Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 51-75 of 147 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hawkins, Erskine," accessed May 27, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103922.

Hawkins, Erskine. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103922.

"Hawkins, Erskine." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103922

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