Monday, July 12, 2010

RIP Walter Hawkins

RIP to the legend, Bishop Walter Hawkins

Hello folks,

Bishop Walter Hawkins passed away Sunday of pancreatic cancer.

Walter Hawkins was an award-winning American gospel music singer, a pastor and an ordained bishop. Hawkins started his career in one of his brother's chorales, "The Northern California State Youth Choir" of the Church of God in Christ. Later, he accompanied his brother, Edwin and founded The Edwin Hawkins Singers. They produced the hit song, Oh Happy Day, which became one of the first gospel songs to cross over onto mainstream music charts.

In the early 1970s, Hawkins established the Love Center Church in Oakland, California. He and his Love Center Choir had considerable success with their "Love Alive" series of recordings, which sold well over a million copies from the 1970s through the 1990s. "Love Alive IV", released in 1990, was #1 on the Billboard Gospel Album charts, where it stayed for 33 weeks.

In his honor, we have a few videos in his remembrance. Our condolences go out to his family.

Thank You

The Edwin Hawkins Singers - Oh Happy Day

Coincidentally, he was given a Tribute at the Stellar Awards as well by Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Byron Cage.

Stellar 2010 Tribute to Walter Hawkins - Marvelous

God Bless,

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