This past Monday, Edwin Hawkins went home to glory; he was 74 years old. If you know anything about gospel music, and maybe pop oldies, you definitely knew this music giant. He's a Grammy winning singer, songwriter who's known world wide for the gospel cross-over hit, "O Happy Day" with the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Edwin took a hymnal classic and changed it up in such a unique way that crossed musical, denominational and cultural lines.
He was a pioneer of contemporary Christian music along with Andre Crouch, James Cleveland and others! In those early CCM days, I was personally encouraged and inspired in my young life at a needed point of time. Although Edwin is gone, he will not soon be forgotten.