Hawkins is a name considered with great Gospel music that has come out of the Bay Area & Edwin Hawkins specifically is credited with bringing Gospel to a worldwide audience with a song he co-wrote. 'Oh Happy Day'.
Lots of millennials remember the song from the Whoopi Goldberg movie Sister Act 2. But it was Hawkins who made it famous.
He passed away from a battle with cancer this past weekend & will be remembered as a Grammy winner, Gospel icon, and trailblazer.