Saturday, March 27, 2010
Dale Hawkins, who passed away on February 18, was a pioneering rockabilly songwriter, guitarist and singer. His 1957 hit "Susie Q" was named one of the 500 songs that "shaped rock and roll" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was covered by many bands; Creedence Clearwater Revival's rendition was a hit in 1968. Hawkins is shown here at the New Orleans House of Blues in 2009, singing the end of "Who Do You Love," followed by "Susie Q." On lead guitar is James Burton, who played the powerful solo on the original recording.