DALE HAWKINS–“SUSIE-Q”

Hello,  Dale Hawkins was born Delmar Allen Hawkins on August 22, 1936 in Gold Mine, Louisiana.  He was a pioneer in American rock music as a singer/songwriter and was an outstanding rhythm guitarist.  He was the cousin of another rock pioneer, Ronnie Hawkins.

In 1957, Dale was playing clubs in Shreveport, Louisiana.  His music was influenced by the new rock and roll style of Elvis Presley and the guitar style of Scotty Moore.  He blended that sound with a  heavy blues sound on his classic recording of  SUSIE-Q.  The great James Burton a future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer provided the signature guitar riff and solo. 

On June 10, 1957 Dale’s classic recording of  SUSIE-Q on Checker Records made its Billboard Top 100 debut.  The single climbed the Top 100 to #27 and remained on the chart for 19 weeks.  The song was chosen as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.  Dale would follow-up his big hit in September of 1958 with another Top 40 hit,  LA-DO-DADA.  The single would chart at #32 and remain on the Top 100 for 12 weeks.  There were two more Top 100 hits in Dale’s career, in November he would chart  A HOUSE, A CAR AND A WEDDING RING a #88 hit and in March of 1959 the single  YEA-YEA (Class Cutter) charting at #52.

He would go on to become a successful record producer and served as executive vice president of Abnak Records, then a producer with Bell Records.  In October of 2007 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  In February of 2010 the legendary rock pioneer died from colon cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 73.

His classic recording of  SUSIE-Q became the first hit that the super group Creedence Clearwater Revival charted in 1968.  Their version charted at #11 and became a million-seller for them.  Dale Hawkins and his classic music live on, his legacy secured in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

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GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL JUKEBOX–DINAH WASHINGTON

Dinah Washington – What A Diff’rence A Day Makes – 1959

Dinah Washington – Unforgettable – 1959

Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth – 1960

Dinah Washington – September In The Rain – 1961

Till the next time—Joe

GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL JUKEBOX–OTIS WILLIAMS & THE CHARMS

The Charms – Hearts Of Stone – 1954 #1 R&B Hit Record

The Charms – Ling Ting Tong – 1955

The Charms – Two Hearts (Original) – 1955

Otis Williams And His Charms – Ivory Tower – 1956

Otis Williams And His Charms – One Night Only – 1956

Otis Williams And His Charms – I’d Like To Thank You Mr. D.J. – 1956

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-316

Hi,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  The Rolling Stones charted two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 the first was  (I Can’t Get No) SATISFACTION and the second was  GET OFF MY CLOUD.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  The Righteous Brothers charted their very first Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1963 on the Moonglow Records label, the record charted at #49 and became the first of 23 Billboard Hot 100 hits.  Can you name the song?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

RONNIE HAWKINS–“FORTY DAYS”–“MARY LOU”

Hello,  Ronnie Hawkins was born Ronald Hawkins on January 10, 1935 in Huntsville, Arkansas.  Ronnie or “The Hawk” one of his nick-names was a very successful rockabilly singer/songwriter.  He formed his first band, The Hawks at the University of Arkansas, where he studied physical education.  The band toured throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.  Ronnie also owned and operated his own club where some of rock and roll’s pioneers came to play.  He began touring Canada in 1958 and was a huge success.  He decided to move to Canada, and in 1964, he became a permanent resident, settling in Peterborough, Ontario.

His first big record was a spin-off of Chuck Berry’s 1955 hit record,  THIRTY DAYS.  Ronnie titled his song  FORTY DAYS and of course changed the lyrics a bit.  Ronnie’s hit made its Billboard Top 100 debut on June 8, 1959 on Roulette Records.  The single just missed the Top 40, reaching #45.  His next hit would be his biggest pop hit.  On August 17, 1959, his classic rock and roll hit,  MARY LOU made its Top 100 dubet.  MARY LOU climbed the chart to #26 and remained on the Billboard chart for 16 weeks.  Ronnie would have a few more hits but only  DOWN IN THE ALLEY on Cotillion Records would reach the national chart and that record would reach just #75.

Ronnie Hawkins is a pioneer of rockabilly music, but he was also the artist who formed the premiere backing musicians, The Hawks.  That group eventually became the legendary group…The Band.  When Ronnie moved to Canada, The Hawks, with the exception of his drummer, Levon Helm, left the group.  A new group of  The Hawks was formed, including Canadians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson.  Helm and the new line-up of  The Hawks would leave Ronnie in 1964 to form an act of their own, which became  The Band.

October 4, 2002 was declared  “Ronnie Hawkins Day” by the city of Toronto, where he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.  On March 4, 2004 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.  Ronnie Hawkins, with a career that has spanned over 50 years is a rock and roll legend and a proud member of the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL JUKEBOX–THE DUPREES

The Duprees – You Belong To Me – 1962

The Duprees – My Own True Love – 1962

The Duprees – Why Don’t You Believe Me – 1963

The Duprees – Have You Heard – 1963

The Duprees – (It’s No) Sin – 1963

The Duprees – My Love My Love – 1963

The Duprees – Goodnight My Love – 1968

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-315

Hi,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  In 1956 Marty Robbins charted his first Billboard Top 100 pop hit with his classic recording of  A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation), a #2 on the pop chart.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1965 The Rolling Stones charted two Billboard Hot 100, #1 hit records, one was (I Can’t Get No) SATISFACTION…Can you name the second #1 hit of 1965 for The Rolling Stones?

Leave your answer in the comment  box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe