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 most remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. The song became a popular 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 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 76-100 of 128 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-073290 10-in. 5/27/1942 Lucky seven Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-073291 10-in. 5/27/1942 Country boy Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-075527 10-in. 6/29/1942 Bear-mash blues Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-075528 10-in. 6/29/1942 Knock me a kiss Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Ida James Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-075529 10-in. 6/29/1942 'Tain't no good Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor E0FB-5217 10-in. 8/1/1950 Tuxedo junction Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D5AB-301 10-in. 1/10/1945 Remember Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D5VB-0170 10-in. 3/28/1945 Drifting along Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D5AB-0300 10-in. 1/10/1945 Tippin' in Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D6VB-1493 10-in. 4/24/1946 Sneakin' out Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor D6VB-1776 10-in. 5/9/1946 Well, natch! Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D6VB-1955 10-in. 10/7/1946 Feelin' low Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor D6VB-1956 10-in. 10/7/1946 Hawk's boogie Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor D6VB-1957 10-in. 10/7/1946 Sammy's nightmare Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor D6VB-2841 10-in. 9/11/1946 Somebody loves me Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D6VB-2842 10-in. 9/11/1946 I had a good cry Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and trombone solo director, instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor D7VB-0296 10-in. 4/30/1947 My baby didn't even say goodbye Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D7VB-0297 10-in. 4/30/1947 Coast to coast Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor D7VB-0298 10-in. 4/30/1947 Ain't I losin' you? Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D7VB-1570 10-in. 8/26/1947 Fool that I am Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, director  
Victor D7VB-2847 10-in. 12/18/1947 Big fat Sam Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Jimmy Mitchell Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D7VB-2848 10-in. 12/18/1947 Sad eyes Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Laura Washington Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor D7VB-2849 10-in. 12/18/1947 Lazy blues Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet, composer  
Victor D7VB-2949 10-in. 12/23/1947 Gabriel's heater Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins Jazz/dance band director  
Victor D7VB-2950 10-in. 12/23/1947 I'd love to make love to you Erskine Hawkins Orchestra ; Erskine Hawkins ; Laura Washington Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
(Results 76-100 of 128 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hawkins, Erskine," accessed June 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103922.

Hawkins, Erskine. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103922.

"Hawkins, Erskine." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 June 2023.

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