His wife Wanda confirmed to The Canadian Press that Hawkins died Sunday morning after a long illness.
Hawkins was known for his vivacious personality and enthusiastic stage presence.
The singer of “Who Do You Love?”, “Ruby Baby” and “Mary Lou” brought many artists under the wing of his backing band the Hawks, several of whom went on to become big names of their own.
Five members, including Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson, would later form the Band.
Hawkins earned himself several nicknames over the years, including Mr. Dynamo, Sir Ronnie, Rompin’ Ronnie and the Hawk.
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