Erskine Ramsay Hawkins (July 26, 1914 –
November 11, 1993)[1] was an American
trumpet player and big band leader from
Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th
Century Gabriel".[2] 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.
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