Rosa Lee Hawkins, whose group the Dixie Cups bumped the Beatles off the No. 1 place on the charts in 1964 with their hit “Chapel of Love,” died Tuesday at age 76 in Tampa, FL.
She was 76 and handed from inside bleeding ensuing from problems throughout surgical procedure at Tampa General Hospital, in keeping with her sister, Barbara Ann Hawkins, who was additionally a member of the group.
“Chapel of Love” was the debut single from the Dixie Cups, and changed the Beatles “Love Me Do” as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track had a little bit of a revival on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War movie, Full Metal Jacket.
Rosa Lee Hawkins was born on Oct. 23, 1945, in New Orleans. The group began at a expertise present (together with Joan Marie Johnson, who died in 2016). A scout for Red Bird Records heard them on the occasion and invited them to audition for the label. They impressed, and scored a contract.
The Dixie Cups acquired two Gold Records, one for “Chapel of Love” and one other for the hit “People Say.” They had been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
The group recorded a complete of 4 albums, and toured on the oldies revival circuit. In 2011. Johnson left the group, however the Hawkins sisters remained, using a rotating forged of replacements.
Rosa Lee Hawkins is survived by Barbara and one other sister, Shirley; a son, Eric Blanc; and two grandchildren.