"He just played two weeks ago," Ronnie Hawkins told CTV's Canada AM on Friday April 20, 2012.
"It's been a very sad two, three days, but we were told. We were kind of expecting it," Hawkins said during a phone interview.
The rockabilly star was one of the first musicians to work with Levon Helm and the members of The Band.
The group, comprising Helm, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel met as the backing group to journeyman Hawkins in the late 1950s.
Those were happy times, according to Hawkins.
"We laughed at everything. We were learning. We didn't know nothin'," Hawkins, said with a laugh.
"All we wanted to do was play. MORE HERE
Garth Hudson on Levon HERE