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.