Leslie Hawkins Singer
Leslie Hawkins is an American backup vocalist, best known as a backing vocalist with Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Hawkins was a studio session singer, who worked with several bands and musicians including Wet Willie, Billy Joe Royal and members of the Classics IV. In December 1975, she was hired, along with Cassie Gaines and JoJo Billingsley to be backup singers for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The group's leader Ronnie Van Zant dubbed them The Honkettes. In the October 20, 1977 airplane crash that killed several members of the band and road crew left Hawkins in critical condition. She suffered severe facial lacerations that resulted in extensive and ongoing reconstructive surgery. She also broke her neck in three places and was partially paralyzed. She spent several years in physical therapy, regaining her motor function but still having some permanent neurological damage. After her recovery, for a short time was a lead singer for Jackson Deville and toured briefly with Molly Hatchet in 1996. However, she has never fully recovered from her injuries and remains largely retired.
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