Deaths elsewhere

February 18, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

DALE HAWKINS, 73

Singer-guitarist who had hit with 'Susie-Q'

Dale Hawkins, a singer-guitarist best known for his 1957 hit "Susie-Q," which became a rock anthem, died Saturday in Little Rock, Ark., his family said.

" 'Susie-Q,' with its crackling bluesy guitar and insistent cowbell, was one of the most exciting early rockabilly singles," music historian Richie Unterberger wrote on the Allmusic Internet database.

The single reached the Top 30 in the U.S. in 1957 and was later covered by many artists, including the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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