Roger Hawkins, the drummer who played a major role in shaping contemporary American music as part of the Alabama band Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, has died aged 75.
It has been confirmed that Hawkins passed away after a prolonged period of illness. Reports have also suggested that the famed drummer has batted serious health issues for a number of years.
Hawkins’ death has since been confirmed by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation, who took to social media to release an official statement.
“Our hearts are breaking today as the heartbeat of ‘The Swampers’ drummer Roger Hawkins passed away this afternoon at his home in Sheffield,” the foundation said. “He was 75. Jerry Wexler called Roger, ‘the greatest drummer of all time’. Roger was a kind and generous man who loved family, friends and his fellow musicians.”
Adding: “Arrangements will be announced soon. We love you Roger. Rest in Peace and watch over us as we are all better for having known you. We will think of you as we listen to your many hits including, ‘Respect Yourself’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, ‘I’ll Take You There’ and so many more.”
See the full statement, below.