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Dale Hawkins

AKA Delmar Allen Hawkins

Born: 22-Aug-1936
Birthplace: Goldmine, LA
Died: 13-Feb-2010
Location of death: Little Rock, AR
Cause of death: Cancer - Colon

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Susie-Q

Military service: US Navy

An early rock-and-roll musician, Dale Hawkins is best known for his 1957 hit Susie-Q, later covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968, launching their career. Hawkins saw none of his song's later success as a rock-and-roll touchstone, having sold off his rights for a pittance in the early 1960s. Hawkins drifted from music, becoming addicted to benzedrine for a time, and later founding a crisis center for distressed youth in Little Rock. Somehow he received a small sum through MCA's consumption of the Chess Records catalogue, which prodded him to investigate home recording toward the end of his life.

Wife: (two sons)

    Rockabilly Hall of Fame
    Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
    unknown detox facility
    Risk Factors: Amphetamines

Selected albums:
Susie-Q (1957, Chess )
Let's All Twist At The Miami Beach Peppermint Lounge (1961, Roulette )
L.A., Memphis & Tyler, Texas (1969, Bell )
Wildcat Tamer (1999)



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