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Thanks to his enduring, often-covered, and signature hit “Susie Q,” which blended Howlin’ Wolf with plenty of cowbell and a killer rockabilly guitar riff courtesy of a young Roy Buchanan, Dale Hawkins came up with one of the biggest shots in the rockabilly revolution in 1957. This set collects that seminal hit along with the A- and B-sides of Hawkins' first 14 singles released by the Chess Records subsidiary Checker Records between 1956 and 1960.


Born: 22 August 1936 in Goldmine, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Louisiana guitarist Dale Hawkins' 1957 hit "Suzy Q," with its crackling bluesy guitar and insistent cowbell, was one of the most exciting early rockabilly singles. Recording for Chess (as one of its few white artists) between 1956 and 1961, Hawkins never quite duplicated its success, either commercially or artistically, but came close enough on a number of occasions to warrant respect as one of the better rockabilly singers. His drawling delivery, sense of humor, affinity for blues, and sharp guitar...
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