Hawk Wolinski



Who is Hawk Wolinski?

David J. "Hawk" Wolinski is an American keyboardist, songwriter and record producer probably best known for his work with the funk band Rufus and their lead singer Chaka Khan.

Wolinski grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and in the late 1960s was the keyboard player and lead singer of the band The Males and a member of the bands Shadows of Knight and Bangor Flying Circus. When the latter band broke up he helped form the band Madura, which was produced by fellow Chicagoan James William Guercio. Guercio used Madura in his 1973 film Electra Glide in Blue; Wolinksi also had a small acting role.

In the 1960s Wolinski formed a short lived band in Chicago called The Electric Band. They played regularly at a club called The Cellar.

In the late 1970s Wolinski joined Rufus as a keyboardist and songwriter. He co-wrote or solely wrote their songs "Hollywood", "Street Player", "Everlasting Love", "Do You Love What You Feel", and the 1983 hit single "Ain't Nobody," which reached #1 on the US Billboard R&B chart.

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  • David "Hawk" Wolinski
  • David J. Wolinski
  • David Wolinski
  • Wolinski, David "Hawk"
  • David James Wolinski
  • David J. "Hawk" Wolinski
  • David Wolinsky
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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