Bishop Walter Hawkins Passes
July 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS has just learned of the passing of BISHOP WALTER HAWKINS. BISHOP HAWKINS passed away SUNDAY JULY 11th at his home in RIPON, CA. following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a pillar in the Gospel music community. He will be best remembered for his song writing and producing.
Along with his brother EDWIN KAWKINS, they formed THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS and produced one of the greatest gospel songs ever, "OH HAPPY DAY," which was a huge crossover chart topper in the late 60's. BISHOP HAWKINS was recently honored as one of gospel's living legends at THE KENNEDY CENTER in WASHINGTON D.C. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family, friends and many fans. BISHOP HAWKINS was 61, Funeral arrangements are pending.