Chip Hawkes

Chip Hawkes

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Chip is a dynamic, versatile performer available for solo acoustic gigs, working with his band "The Chip Hawkes Band" or package shows with other artists. Chip performs authentic British 60's Rock & Roll hits - his own from his early days with The Tremeloes and other great covers from that era.

Biography

Chip Hawkes started professionally in the music business in 1962 when he went to Germany with a band called THE HORIZENS. The lead singer was Rod Evans who was DEEP PURPLE’S original singer. After playing the Hamburg clubs for a while, much like the BEATLES, he joined THE TREMELOES as lead singer/bass guitarist/song writer.

THE TREMELOES were very successful worldwide with a string of hits such as “Here Comes My Baby”, “Silence Is Golden” (No. 1 in the U.S.), “Suddenly You Love Me” and “Even The Bad Times Are Good” (all hits in the U.S.). THE TREMELOES became a household name in Europe and America notching up 18/20 top twenty chart entries (with many of the hits penned by Chip) and touring with: THE BEATLES, THE STONES, THE HOLLIES, THE KINKS, THE WHO, SPENCER DAVIS etc….

In 1974 the band split and Chip went to Nashville, Tennessee for 5 years writing and recording 2 albums for RCA. In 1979, for personal family reasons, he returned to England and was amazed to find THE TREMELOES still in huge demand. He reunited the band and fronted them for the next nine years playing all over the world.

Chip left THE TREMELOES in 1988 to put all his efforts into managing his son, Chesney. It turned out to be a good decision because Chesney had a worldwide number one hit in 1992 with “The One and Only” and a lead part in a film playing Roger Daltry’s son.

Like many veteran rock & rollers, Chip missed performing on stage. Music was in his blood and in 1992 he was back on the road with The Chip Hawkes Band.

In 2003 Chip formed “The Class Of ‘64” and found a new lease on life. The band included Mick Avory (“The Kinks”) & Eric Haydock (“The Hollies”), allowing Chip to perform classics such as “Waterloo Sunset” & “The Air That I Breathe” along with all The Tremeloes hits. Unfortunately, the band with this format ran its course after 4 years. Chip & the boys went their separate ways. Although Chip still uses the name “The Class Of ‘64” for exclusive gigs.

Recently, Chip has found another lease on life. The demand for him as a solo artist has been huge in the UK & Europe as well as the US. He has toured with Gerry Marsden stateside in 2008 & in the UK in 2009 & 2010, with Brian Poole in the UK in 2010 & with Dominic Kirwan in 2008 in the UK. Chip will be touring again with Gerry Marsden in the UK next autumn. Chip is planning to return to the States to tour as well.

Chip Hawkes has earned the reputation for being one of the most charismatic and exciting solo artists on the Sixties and Seventies circuit.

UPDATE: Chip released a brand new CD titled "Me & My Life" in August 2009. It contains several great songs penned by Chip himself.

Discography

Chip Hawkes ~ Me & My Life (New CD)
Chip Hawkes ~ She's Not My Child (new single)
Chip Hawkes ~ Hits Of The Tremeloes
Chip Hawkes ~ The Nashville Album
1965 - 1988 Tremeloes recordings

Set List

CHIP HAWKES SAMPLE SET LIST

1. SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME
2. CALL ME NUMBER ONE
3. BAD MOON RISING
4. WALK IN THE ROOM
5. ME AND MY LIFE
6. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN
7. THE WONDER OF YOU
8. OH BOY
9. BYE BYE LOVE
10. IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME
11. SEA OF HEARTBREAK
12. SHE’S NOT MY CHILD (NEW SINGLE)
13. HERE COMES MY BABY
14. MY LITTLE LADY
15. SILENCE IS GOLDEN
16. EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD….END
17. YOU GOT YOUR TROUBLES
18. ONLY MAKE BELIEVE
And more....