Ronnie Hawkins (Musician) Passed Away At The Age Of 87

According to a post on The Band's verified Facebook page, Musician Ronnie Hawkins has died.

"The story of The Band began with Ronnie Hawkins. He was our mentor, and he taught us the rules of the road," the post read.

He was a member of Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks group, which rose to fame in the early 1960s.

"Hawkins himself was practically Toronto's answer to Elvis Presley," The Band said on their website.

Roberston said on Facebook, "Ronnie was the godfather. The one who made this all happen. He had us constantly rehearsing into the wee hours.  We talked about it, but we got better and better. Our goal, whether we knew it or not."

"After the Hawks left Ron and went out on our own, we joined up with Bob Dylan. Next, the Hawks became The Band, and the rest is history, as they say," Robertson summarized. "All starting out with Ronnie Hawkins."

Robertson said, "He was not only a great artist, a tremendous performer, and bandleader, but had a style of humor unequaled. Fall down funny and completely unique. Yep, God only made one of those. And he will live in our hearts forever."