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History of the Group

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This year commemorates a lifetime of music and praise as The Hawkins Family celebrate over 50 years in gospel music. In 1958, Buddy and his wife, Imogene, formed the quartet with their two young daughters, Lou and Norma. Buddy answered the call into the ministry which took the family to Longview, Texas. They provided the music for the tent meetings. Since this was prior to electric keyboards they used an old upright piano and Buddy learned right away how to tune a piano (daily). After leaving the tent ministry the family began to sing in singing conventions and monthly singings around Hot Springs. They soon became a familiar sight at local churches and began to sing throughout Arkansas and surrounding states. 

Special Places…

The group is very active in spreading the gospel through their musical talents. They have sung in many revivals, special services, homecomings, and concerts. Other functions include the Arkansas State Fair, Mesquite Opry, Festival of Two Rivers, South Arkansas Quartet Convention, Hope Watermelon Festival, Arkansas State Quartet Convention, Saline County Old Fashion Days, Sawmill Days Festival, Mid South Quartet Convention, the Ozark Folk Center, Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair and the Lester Flatt Memorial Park. They have shared the stage with The Cathedrals, Lewis Family, The Isaacs, The McKameys, The Hemphills, The Freemans, The Booth Brothers, Gold City Quartet and others. In their willingness to help others they have participated in numerous benefits throughout Arkansas.

Hickory Hill Park…

In addition to singing and being a part of these activities, in 1987 they built Hickory Hill Park located just off Highway 7 North in Hot Springs. It is dedicated solely to the promotion of gospel music and Christian fellowship. Nestled among shade trees in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains, the beauty of the park is undisturbed. The park offers a monthly schedule of downhome, southern gospel concerts from May through September each year. One of the highlights of the summer season is the Hawkins Family Homecoming Celebration held each year in July. In addition to great gospel music each night this event features a birthday celebration complete with a giant birthday cake, and “a Family reunion” on the last night. Crowds continue to grow as visitors from all over take a drive to the country for some good ole’ southern gospel music.

Radio, TV, Records, Tapes…

The group produced weekly gospel radio programs for many years on local stations. In 1994, they put together a special two-hour live program for a Mississippi TV station which features religious broadcasting. In addition, they have produced eight projects presenting their unique southern style of music and close harmony. As a part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration the daughters re-released the Gloryland tape as a tribute to their Mom and Dad. A project entitled Amazing Grace…How Sweet the Sound was released in 2003 in celebration of 45 years in gospel music. There are 22 songs on the compilation CD including live performances, favorites from projects through the years, as well as songs which have not been recorded on any other project. Granddaughter, Angel, sings the title song. Their latest project is entitled Gentle Shepherd.

Today, they share the warmth and sincerity of their desire to further the cause of Christ by opening their peaceful home at Hickory Hill to all who appreciate the beauty of voices lifted in praise. All other weekends away from the park will find this group traveling the highways sharing their music…southern style!