Ted Hawkins (born October 28th, 1936), was an American singer and songwriter. He played a mixture of folk, soul and country music. He was not a well known figure for the most part of his life. He had partial success in Europe where his songs received reasonable interest from listeners. But he struggled to find a breakthrough in his home country.
He was born in a poor family and had a very disturbed early life. He spent 3 years in jail for stealing a jacket in his teenage. Later he got interest in music and playing guitar. In the mid of 60s he moved to California where he became a street performer. He also developed his singing skills along with playing guitar. He tried recording his tunes in the 60s but could not achieve commercial success. He again got in trouble and spent the 70s in jail and addicted to heroin. In 1982 he released his first album “Watch Your Step”, which wasn’t a commercial success but got a 5-star rating in the “Rolling Stone”.
Later Hawkins released his second album “Happy Hour” which was a partial success in Europe. He toured Europe and Asia while still remained unpopular in US, until his third album “The Next Hundred Years” which finally gave Hawkins the attention he deserved. He died in 1995, aged 58.