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Rosa Lee Hawkins dies: The ‘Chapel Of Love,’ Singer with the Dixie Cups Was At 76

Rosa Lee Hawkins, whose group the Dixie Cups bumped the Beatles off the No. 1 position on the charts in 1964 with their hit “Chapel of Love,” died Tuesday at age 76 in Tampa, FL. She was 76 and passed from internal bleeding resulting from complications during surgery at Tampa General Hospital, according to her…

Rosa Lee Hawkins ,, whose group the Dixie Cups knocked the Beatles off of the No. 1 position on the charts in 1964 with their hit “Chapel of Love,” died Tuesday at age 76 in Tampa, FL.

She was 76 and passed from internal bleeding resulting from complications during surgery at Tampa General Hospital, according to her sister, Barbara Ann Hawkins, who was also a member of the group.

“Chapel of Love” is the debut single by the Dixie Cups and it replaced “Love Me Do” by the Beatles. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a little bit of a revival in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film, Full Metal Jacket ..

Rosa Lee Hawkins was born on Oct. 23, 1945, in New Orleans. The group was formed at a talent showcase (alongside Joan Marie Johnson who died in 2016).). Red Bird Records scouts saw them at the event, and invited them to audition. They were a big hit and they were awarded a contract.

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