Heritage Mississauga is very saddened to hear the news of the passing of the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, who was 87 years old. Born in Huntsville, Arkansas, Ronnie Hawkins, known affectionately as “Mr. Dynamo” and “The Hawk” came to the Toronto area in 1958 for a gig and never went back. His hits “Hey Bo Diddley” and Marylou” made Hawkins a teenage idol and over the years, he gained recognition for recruiting and grooming outstanding Canadian talent.
Hawkins is known not only for his incredible contributions in the music industry, but also for his strong connections to Canada, Mississauga in particular. John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited Hawkin’s Mississauga farm in the 60‘s during their peace movement.
On November 6, 2021, Hawkins was inducted into the Mississauga Walk of Fame, Legends Row in recognition of his contributions to Arts and Culture in Mississauga.
We invite you to watch the heartfelt introduction to Ronnie by Patti Jannetta Baker at the 2021 Legends Row Inductee Celebration and the acceptance speech by Ronnie Hawkins that exemplified his larger-than-life personality and enduring sense of humour.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends. We know that his music will continue for generations to come.

Ronnie Hawkins and Robbie Robertson in 1976 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images).