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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