EDWIN HAWKINS DIES AT 74

Jan 16, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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Grammy winner Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit ”Oh Happy Day,” has died of pancreatic cancer.

“Oh Happy Day” began as a local radio favourite in the San Francisco area before becoming an international hit in 1969.

In addition to being a musician, Hawkins was a pianist, choir master, composer and arranger, and is credited as being one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound.
Edwin Hawkins was 74.
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