Ted Hawkins an American singer/songwriter, was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1936 and died in 1995.
Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly-anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better-known and well-received in clubs and small concert halls.
Born into a poor family in Mississippi, Hawkins lived a difficult early life, ending up at a reform school by age 12, and drifting, hitching, and stealing his way across the country for the next dozen years, earning several stays in prison including a 3-year stint for stealing a leather jacket as a teenager. Along the way, he picked up a love of music and a talent for the guitar. "I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949," from a brief piece of autobiography he wrote. "There I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendent's wife had got...
Track listing: That's Heaven to MeThe Lost OnesI Got What I WantedWatch Your StepPlease Come to BostonGypsy WomanBring It on Home to MeSorry You're SickLet the Good Times RollYour Cheating HeartBring It on Home DaddyGolden SunCrystal ChandelierJust One LookZip Pe Dee Doo DahDock of the BayCountry Roads
Track listing: Searching for My LoveI Got What I WantedLadder of SuccessHaving a PartyThere Stands the GlassQuiet PlaceGood TimesToo Busy Thinking About My BabyJust My ImaginationHe Will Break Your HeartGypsy WomanSomebody Have MercyShare Your Love With MeAll I Have to Offer You Is Me
Track listing: Watch Your Step (acoustic version)Bring It on Home DaddyIf You Love MeDon't Lose Your CoolThe Lost OnesWho Got My Natural Comb?Sweet BabyStop Your CryingPut in a CrossSorry You're SickWatch Your Step (band version)TWAI Gave Up All I HadStay Close to MePeace and Happiness
Track listing: Bad DogHappy HourDon't Make Me Explain ItThe ConstitutionMy Last GoodbyeYou Pushed My Head AwayRevenge of ScorpioCalifornia SongCold & Bitter TearsGypsy WomanAin't That PrettyOne Hundred Miles