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Rosa Lee Hawkins, 1945-2022

Rosa Lee Hawkins
1945 - 2022

Dear friends,

With a heavy heart we share the news that our beloved Rosa Lee Hawkins went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. She was a mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend as well as a performer, songwriter, and model - runway - formal and informal. She became a modeling instructor, first for Barbizon School of Modeling in New Orleans, LA and, after Hurricane Katrina, for John Casablanca Modeling School in Tampa, Florida. Rosa was a kind-hearted lady who will be missed by all of us who loved her.

Thank you all for your love and support.

~The Dixie Cups
Please feel free to leave your condolences in the guestbook for Rosa Lee Hawkins on Legacy.com.

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(Clockwise from upper left) Rosa Hawkins, Barbara Hawkins, Athelgra Neville


Now playing - "Iko Iko" by The Dixie Cups. To stop or re-start the music, please click on the player below

NEW: Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups by Rosa Hawkins & Steve Bergsman. Click on the title to order your copy directly from the publisher! Also available for purchase from major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble; links below.

From the publisher: Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups explores the ups and downs of one of the most successful girl groups of the early 1960s. Telling their story for the first time, in their own words, Chapel of Love reintroduces the Louisiana Music Hall of Famers to a new audience.

Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

Chapel of Love is also available as an e-book. Click on the graphic below to visit the product page on Amazon, read a sample from the book via Kindle's "Look inside" feature, and order your copy in either format (e-book or hardcover).

Also available from Barnes & Noble in hardcover or Nook (e-book) format.
Wall Street Journal review by David Kirby - tweeted by co-author Steve Bergsman (below).

Also check out the review and photo gallery on AZCentral (Arizona Republic)!

A message for all first responders from The Dixie Cups
(Note—if video does not appear below, please click here to view on YouTube.)

MARCH 2020
To Everyone in America: Trust God, hold on to your faith, wash your hands, stay safe, stay home.
We love you. Thanks for being there for us.
~The Dixie Cups
To the farmers, truck drivers, stock clerks, cashiers, wait staff, cooks, chefs, table bus persons, servers, grocery stores and markets and anyone who handles food for all — THANK YOU for all you do to feed everyone!
~The Dixie Cups

Dear Friends,
We would greatly appreciate your help in nominating our recording of "Chapel of Love" for induction into THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY!
The official webpage, linked above, outlines the criteria for inclusion in the National Recording Registry. The section reads, in part:
"Recordings selected for the National Recording Registry are those that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."
If it's as clear to you as it is to us that "Chapel of Love" meets these criteria, please consider nominating it for inclusion in the LOC National Recording Registry. Doing so will take just a few minutes' time, and your assistance will be invaluable in helping to get this wonderful recording on the registry where it truly belongs. Methods of submission appear in the right sidebar of the webpage. The preferred (and most efficient) methods are via email or by completion of the National Recording Registry Nomination Form, but you can opt to send in your nomination by fax, postal service, or courier.
Below is a sample letter to the Library of Congress. It is not necessary to copy the letter (although you can do so if you wish); just please ensure that all requested items are included.
Sample letter for nomination of "Chapel of Love" to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry:
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing to you today to nominate "Chapel of Love" by the Dixie Cups for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The rationale for this nomination includes the fact that the song enjoyed crossover appeal in both the Rock 'n' Roll as well as Rhythm & Blues music genres when it was released in 1964. "Chapel of Love" also holds the distinction of ending the Beatles' record-setting run at the top of the Billboard, Cash Box, and Record World music charts.
"Chapel of Love" was the first song recorded and released on Red Bird Records for Leiber & Stoller, legendary songwriters. The song was written to capture the idyllic aspirations of a young bride seeking the perfect wedding and life ever after. Its lyrics go to the heart of love and commitment, which remains relevant over 50 years after its original release. "Chapel of Love" has been featured in films, broadcast, as well as live productions since its release. Additionally, it remains very popular among brides who continue to incorporate the song as part of their wedding day musical selection.
"Chapel of Love" captures the spirit of love and commitment and has lasting impact in the hearts and minds of fans of all ages worldwide. For these reasons, "Chapel of Love" should be strongly considered by the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for induction in the next class.

(Above) "Chapel of Love" as performed by The Dixie Cups (Joan Johnson, Rosa Hawkins, Barbara Hawkins) in 1964.
Composer credits: Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
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~Upcoming Appearances~
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Poinciana, FL - Private Event
Friday, November 15, 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA - Private Birthday Party
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - Bay St. Louis, MS - Private Anniversary Party
Contact The Dixie Cups at: TheDixieCups@yahoo.com

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Dixie Cups would like to thank everyone for all of the condolences they received about the passing of their friend, cousin and co-founder Joan Johnson. Your messages, telephone calls and emails were truly appreciated.

Barbara Hawkins
Rosa Hawkins
Athelgra Neville

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It is with sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our cousin, dearest friend and co-founder of The Dixie Cups, Joan Marie Johnson. Joan passed on Monday, October 3, 2016 at her home in New Orleans surrounded by family and friends.

Joan was one of The Dixie Cups as teenagers in the New Orleans music scene. From the beginning, Joan was an integral part of the girl group, who would later become the award-winning trio of New Orleans divas to replace the legendary Beatles at the top of the music charts, with their classic "Chapel of Love."

Joan will forever be part of our history as she participated in some of our legendary performances during the peak of the 1960s music scene. Unfortunately, management and health concerns led Joan to leave the music industry and return home to New Orleans where she could concentrate on her health.

The world has lost a classy lady, who had a magnificent sense of humor, a radiating smile, and was truly one of the best people we know. We will love you forever!


Barbara Hawkins
Rosa Hawkins
Athelgra Neville

(June 2015) The Dixie Cups and Chapel of Love on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website: The songwriters, producers and musicians behind ‘Chapel of Love’ explain why it wasn’t the Crystals’ version or the Ronettes’ recording but the Dixie Cups’ charmer that topped the charts for three weeks in June 1964

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The Dixie Cups - Biography
The Dixie Cups originally consisted of sisters Barbara and Rosa Hawkins with their cousin, Joan Johnson.  They were pursuing a singing career in their native New Orleans under the name The Meltones.  Singer/entertainer Joe Jones ("You Talk Too Much"), who discovered the girls at a talent show, brought the trio to songwriter-producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller at New York's Brill Building.  Leiber and Stoller, liking what they heard, decided to sign the girls to a recording contract - and, with the decision having been made to start a new label to launch the new group, Red Bird Records was born.  The powerhouse songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who'd been working with Leiber and Stoller, joined Red Bird as composers/producers.
Read the rest of the story on the Biography page!


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The Dixie Cups 50th Anniversary Tote

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