Ron Hawking

Ron Hawking

 Barrington, Illinois, USA
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Ron Hawking has earned the title of "Chicago's Entertainer!" and in his latest production he celebrates "The Men & Their Music" and Chicago critics raved..."Hugely Entertaining!" Also, his performance in "His Way" was praised by the San Francisco press as "Simply a Knock-Out!"

Biography

Ron Hawking knows how to deliver a performance that truly comes from his heart, and his voice can touch the heart of his audience in every song he sings. With classic style and sophistication, Ron Hawking brings his latest creation to the stage to celebrate...
"The Men and Their Music." From Burt Bacharach to Andrea Bocelli, Franki Valli to Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles to Joe Cocker, the critics have raved the show is"Hugely Entertaining!"

In 1998 Ron Hawking created and starred in his own theatrical stage production,
"His Way" a tribute to the musical life and times of singer Frank Sinatra. The show became a huge hit and In 2004 he went on to build and open the His Way Theatre--The first of it's kind, a theatre/night club, built inside studio "A" at Chicago's NBC Tower. The show went on to play in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and ultimately ran for over 7 years, becoming one of Chicago's longest running musicals.

Ron has also produced 3 CD projects, the latest being "Ron Hawking Christmas" which includes 2 of his latest songwriting efforts, "Rock-N-Roll Santa Claus" and "Everyone's a Kid at Christmas". Hawkings' "The Lively Art of Impressionism" CD was recorded live and showcases Ron's comedic side as a singer and impressionist. His big band CD “His Way”--A Tribute to The Man and His Music," received distribution and airplay not only in the United States, but on the United Kingdom's BBC radio as well.

In September of 1998, Hawking wrote the music and lyrics for “Go Go Sammy Sosa” as a salute to the Chicago Cubs superstar. In addition to major media coverage and airplay on national radio and TV, the song made its Wrigley Field debut at the final home game of the cubs 1998 season.

In the fall of 2008 Ron finished filming the Universal Pictures release of the movie “The Express”--his character portrays the Syracuse University play-by-play football announcer.
"The Express" is the story of Ernie Davis, the first black college running back to win the Heisman Trophy Award.

In addition to being an accomplished stage performer, you've probably heard Ron's voice singing as Roy Orbison on TV's "Happy Day's" show, or voicing the ad for Snuggle Fabric Softener on TV and in the movie "Look Who's Talking". He's been one of the top call studio singers and voice-over actors working in Chicago, New York & L.A. and has voiced thousands of commercial ad campaigns ranging from Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Apple jacks, Rice Crispies, to McDonalds, Starkist, Budweiser and more. He’s also been a member of the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, as well as, the Screen Actors Guild and Chicago Federation of Musicians.

Ron Hawking has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Philly Pops Orchestra and has opened for such notables as Carol Channing, Sheena Easton, Robert Klein, and The Temptations, just to name a few.

Lyrics

Rock-N-Roll Santa Claus

Written By: Ron Hawking

There's a Santa in the north pole
Who loves his rock-n-roll
He's got a lot a rhythm
And he's got a lot a soul

They call him
Rock-n-roll Santa
Rock n roll Santa Claus...yea...yea
They call this big man Rockin Santa
Rock-N-Roll Santa Claus

Way up in the North pole
There's a guy named ole Saint Nick
He’s got himself a reindeer band
And a guitar that he picks
With his big red sled and Rudolph
Just a flyin through the sky
He loves his rock n roll music
And he plays it while they ride

They call him
Rock-n-roll Santa
Rock-n-roll Santa Claus
They call this big man rock-n-Santa
Rock-n-roll Santa Claus...yea, yea

He's got Rudolph sittin’ there beatin’ on drums
And a rockin’ and goin' wild
While Dasher N' Dancer N' Prancer and Vixen all
Bringin' up the rhythm in style
With Comet, n' Cupid, n' Donner n' Blitzen just a blowin' on all them horns
And Santa's pickin’ on lead guitar and he's blowin’ em out the door

They call him rock-n-roll Santa
Rock-n-roll Santa Claus
They call this big man rock-n-Santa
Rock-n-roll Santa Claus

(Guitar solo)

He’s got the elves all singin’
And swinging and jumpin'
To the rhythm of the reindeer beat
While Santa’s just rockin-n-rollin' and groovin'
And strummin’ and tappin' his feet
With the north winds snowin’ and blowin’ it's gonna be a
Rockin’ Christmas my friend
When the big fat man and his reindeer band
Come rockin' down your chimney again

They call him rock-n-roll Santa
Rock n roll Santa Claus

Discography

His Way CD,
The Lively Art of Impressionism CD,
Ron Hawking Christmas CD

Set List

Ron Hawking celebrates The Men & Their Music Show--90 minute version
Horseshoe Casino Running Order
Feeling Good…New…Dramatic scene lighting (2 spots and movers)
Summer Wind…New…Up tempo lighting cues
Intro’s… female backup singers
Ray Charles...Hit The Road Jack, Unchain My Heart, Georgia, What'd I Say
Ron Talks and into…My Kind of Town
Bandstand Boogie
Venus
You Send Me
Ron Talks into…American Top 40...Frankie Valli, Lou Rawls, Roy Orbison, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker
Dad's Dedication...Perry Como, Nat Cole, Natalie Cole, Jimmy Durante, Johnny Mathis, Louis Armstrong
Bacharach Medley
Johnny Carson monologue
Jersey Boys SegmentCan't Take my Eyes off of You/Who Loves You
Band introductions
Bobby Darin Segment
Intro to Copa Room segment:
Curtain's Goin' Up song
Dean, Sammy, Frank
That’s Life
The Prayer…New…Kathy & Ron…2 spots center stag (band and bkgrnd Blk)
Here's To The Men…Spots center as Ron talks
My Way
Bows
NY, NY
Reprise...My Kind of To