jazz composer and bandleaderDied when: 79 years 108 days (951 months)
Star Sign: Leo
Erskine Ramsay Hawkins (July 26, 1914 – November 11, 1993) was an American trumpeter and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".
He is most remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" (1939) with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson.The song became a popular hit during World War II, rising to No. 7 nationally (version by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra) and to No. 1 nationally (version by the Glenn Miller Orchestra).
Vocalists who were featured with Erskine's orchestra include Ida James, Delores Brown, and Della Reese.Hawkins was named after Alabama industrialist Erskine Ramsay.