Rockin' Ronnie Hawkins was in a studio recording "Big Boss Man" and "High Blood Pressure" on May 7, 1963 with five backing musicians who later became The Band. Fifty-one years later, the legendary rocker -- an Arkansas native who has called Ontario home for a half-century -- was honoured with the Order Of Canada

Hawkins was one of 45 new appointees to the Order of Canada and received the honor by Governor General David Johnston today at a ceremony in Ottawa. The 45 new appointees include 35 introduced as members at the Rideau Hall ceremony and 10 named as officers of the order, one of which will be Hawkins.

The musician, who fronted The Hawks which featured members of The Band, remains an American citizen despite living in Canada for 50 years. In 2002, Hawkins was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2004, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.

Other honorees include filmmaker Deepa Mehta, University of Alberta hockey coach Clare Drake and Radio-Canada news anchor Celine Galipeau.

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  • Ronnie Hawkins with Levon Helm, 1959 (Canadian after school TV Show)

  • Ronnie Hawkins "Forty Days" on Dick Clark (1959)

  • Ronnie Hawkins doing the Moonwalk

  • Ronnie Hawkins At The Clinton Inauguration

  • The Band & Ronnie Hawkins - Who Do You Love (The Last Waltz)

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  • Ronnie Hawkins - Bo Didley Official Video

  • The Band Documentary of 1 - Making of The Hawks

  • Ronnie Hawkins: The Legend - Documentary Part II

  • Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks "Mary Lou"

  • Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks "Need Your Lovin'" 1960 (Reelin' In The Years Archives)

  • Ronnie Hawkins with members of "The Band" as the HAwks


  • Ronnie Hawkins - Mary Lou

  • JEFF HEALEY - Down in the alley (1995) R. Hawkins 60th birthday

  • Ronnie Hawkins "Forty Days"