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The Edwin Hawkins Singers

Biography

As directors of music at their Berkeley church, the Ephesian Church of God in Christ, Edwin Hawkins (b. August 1943, Oakland, California, USA) and Betty Watson started in 1967 to soak up the best soloists from additional San Francisco-based choirs to inaugurate the North California Condition Youngsters Choir. In 1969, the 50-solid ensemble documented an album to improve their funds, so when San Francisco disk jockey Tom Donahue started playing among its paths, ‘Oh Happy Day time’, the assemblage found out itself with both an archive contract using the Buddah Information label along with a shock international strike. Although renamed the Edwin Hawkins Performers, the featured tone of voice belonged to Dorothy Combs Morrison (b. Longview, Tx, USA) and far of the solitary’s attraction originates from her effective delivery. The vocalist consequently embarked on a single career which didn’t maintain its preliminary guarantee while Hawkins, deprived of this important member, battled within the wake of the ‘novelty’ strike, although they liked an interval of great demand for program singing. One particular session place them back to the US graphs in 1970 while guesting on Melanie’s Top 10 strike ‘Place Down (Candles IN THE TORRENTIAL RAIN)’. It had been their last graph appearance up to now and finally the group’s fortunes faded. The Performers, now somewhat low in numbers, continue steadily to tour and sometimes record.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 18, 1943
Profession Composer, Music Producer, Pianist, Songwriter, Music Arranger, Gospel singer, Choirmaster
Nationality American
Siblings Walter Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, Daniel Hawkins, Feddie Hawkins Smith, Carol Hawkins Kemp
Awards Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
Music Songs Oh Happy Day, Thank You Lord, Jesus, Lover Of My Soul, To My Father's House, I'm Going Through, Fall Fresh On Me, Joy, Joy, I Heard the Voice, Pray For Peace, A Long Way To Go, Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord, He's Washed Me Clean, Do You Know Who He Is?, Prayer Song, You Can Count On Him, Mine All Mine, I Heard The Voice Of Jesus, Listen To The Rain, He Won't Leave You, O-o-h Child, I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, Testify, Praise Him, Thou Art God, Here's The Reason, Give Me A Star, Every Time I Fail, I Owe You Praise, Late In The Evening, When You Try, Footprints of Jesus, Is There Anybody Here
Albums Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir, Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Conference Mass Choir (Live), Testify, Oh Happy Day: The Best Of The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Peace Is Blowin' in the Wind, Edwin Hawkins Singers - Christmas
Movies Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music, Beverly Crawford: Live in Los Angeles


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gomorra: La serie 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Good Wife 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Misfits 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Secretariat 2010 performer: "Oh Happy Day" - as Edwin Hawkins Singers
Lottery Ticket 2010/I performer: "Oh Happy Day"
Big Love 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pride 2007 performer: "OH HAPPY DAY"
Six Feet Under 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Queer as Folk 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music 2004 Video documentary producer: "Oh Happy Day"
Household Saints 1993 performer: "Lay Down Candles in the Wind"
Salsa 1988 performer: "I Know"
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 TV Special performer: "How I Got Over"
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A French Guy Named Saba 2016 TV Mini-Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Going Home to Gospel 1990 TV Movie Themselves
Salsa 1988 Themselves
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Themselves
Black Omnibus 1973 TV Series Themselves
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series Themselves - Singers
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971 TV Series Themselves
Top of the Pops 1969-1970 TV Series Themselves
The Smothers Brothers Summer Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
It's Your Thing 1970 Documentary Themselves
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
Oh Happy Day - Gospels Mit Den Edwin Hawkins Singers 1970 TV Short Themselves - Musician
Meine Melodie 1970 TV Series Themselves - Musician
Night-Club 1970 TV Series Themselves - Musician
Frost on Sunday 1970 TV Series Themselves - Guest Stars
The Val Doonican Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
The Hollywood Palace 1969 TV Series Themselves - Singers
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Themselves
The Andy Williams Show 1969 TV Series Themselves
American Bandstand 1969 TV Series Themselves

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