There have been at least 5 bands with the name "The Hawks". 1. The Hawks were one of the earliest groups to come out of New Orleans (the biggest, of course, was the Spiders). Put together by bandleader Dave Bartholomew, they were the melding of a soloist and a gospel group. In 1952, Dave Bartholomew was an a&r man, bandleader, and talent scout for Imperial Records in New Orleans. He'd already brought Fats Domino to the attention of Imperial's owner, Lew Chudd, and he was trying for the gold again.