R.I.P. Edwin Hawkins, 1943-2018


WC is an atheist, but that doesn’t interfere with his appreciation of superb gospel music. Edwin Hawkins achieved a new synthesis of gospel, pop and rhythm and blues with “Oh Happy Day,” With lyrics that originated in the 1750s by English clergyman Philip Doddridge and a melody line from the 1850s by Edward F. Rimbault,…