On This Date In 1957 A Rockabilly Classic Is Recorded 

February 2nd 1957 : Dale Hawkins records “Susie Q”.

Hawkins recorded “Susie Q” at the KWKH Radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana.”Susie Q”  featured guitar work by James Burton, who also worked with Ricky Nelson and later with Elvis Presley, among many others.

Sometime after the recording, the master tape of “Susie Q” was sold to Checker Records in Chicago, which released it as a single in May 1957.The single peaked at numbers 7 and 27 on Billboard magazine’s Hot R&B Sides and Hot 100 charts, respectively. 

Hawkins’ original version is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”

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