EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE-1970- #49: “DOWN IN THE ALLEY”- RONNIE HAWKINS

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Every Billboard Hot 100 Single- 1970:”#49:- “Down In The Alley”- Ronnie Hawkins. January 31, 1970.

  • Single- “Down In The Alley”- Ronnie Hawkins
  • Record Company- Cotillion
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Bert Berns, Solomon Burke and Joe Martin
  • Time: 5:10
  • B-side: Matchbox”
  • Album: Let It Rock
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #75- spent 5 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100

Ronnie Hawkins was born and raised in Arkansas but found success in Ontario, Canada after Conway Twitty suggested that he tour Canada. He had 3 Hot 100 singles from 1959-70 with one Top 40 hit- “Mary Lou” #26 1959. Hawkins is best remembered for his ability as a talent scout- Randy Bachman was a member of his back up group The Hawks- and then the most famous example were- Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson were members of his band- in 1964 they would leave and form their own little outfit- The Band.

“Down In The Alley” features the great Duane Allman on guitar- the single was produced by legendary producers Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd.  The b-side:”Matchbox” is the Carl Perkins song that The Beatles covered -with George singing on The Beatles version. Ronnie Hawkins is still alive- at 85.

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  2. I bet you anything Ronnie was a real lady’s man back in the day, and just for the record *not* because of this song do I believe that. He has that twinkle in his eyes I bet the ladies loved.

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