Singer Ronnie Hawkins has died according to a text on The Band's official Facebook page. Hawkins, 87,

died Sunday according to a post by Robbie Robertson, a member of The Band. "The story of The Band started with Ronnie Hawkins.

He was our mentor. He taught us the rules of the road," reads the article. According to The Band's website, Hawkins was born in Arkansas,

but called Canada his home. He was a member of the band Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks that became famous in the early 1960s.

"Hawkins himself was a Toronto response to Elvis Presley," The Band said on their website. Ronnie said on Facebook, "Ronnie was a god.

He made all this happen. He made us exercise regularly until the morning. We ignored it, but we got better and better.

Our goal is whether we knew it or not." "After the Hawks left Ron on their own, we joined Bob Dylan. Next the Hawks turned into The Band and the rest is history,

hey say," Robertson summed up. "It all starts with Ronnie Hawkins." Robertson said: "He was not only a great artist,

an amazing musician and a band leader, but he had an incomparable sense of humor. He came down with a totally unique and unique.