Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ted Hawkins

discovered him and they recorded an album, but Ted wound up in prison and addicted to heroin for much of the decade and the album never came out. In 1982 Adding music to my Ipod I discovered I hadn't downloaded my Ted Hawkins cds yet. Ted is not a name many are familiar with. He was born in Biloxi Mississippi in 1936. He lived a rough life, ending up in reform school at the age of 19 and than later prison until he was 19. He moved to Venice California where he played his guitar and sang on the streets. In the 1970s Bruce BrombergBromberg found Ted again and they agreed to release the previously recorded album as "Watch Your Step." A commercial disaster it was a critical hit, earing five stars in Rolling Stone. Dropping from sight again until 1985 when Ted and Bromberg released "Happy Hour." Ted was gaining a following in England and Europe that he would never achieve in his native country. After living in Europe for awhile Ted moved back to Venice and began performing on the streets again. In 1994 he released "The Next Hundred Years" on Geffen Records and began touring in support of the album. In 1995 he had a stroke and died.

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1 comment:

Starrlight said...

He's good!

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