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Re: New label BSM announces Norfolk, July 20, 1975 AS

Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:42 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
Ciscoking wrote:Wonderful news....one of the best shows I know with very appealing setlist ...

Hearing "Susie-Q" in context will be a treat.

The rendition was apparently a one-off reference to rocker Suzie Quatro, who was at the performance, and a person of interest for Elvis at the time.

Stories abound that James was always trying to get Elvis to sing "Susie-Q," laying into it whenever an opportunity arose during band rehearsals. The lead guitarist was just 17, and you know what I mean, when he taped that seminal, swampy lead guitar lick onto the original recording.


Dale Hawkins, "Susie-Q" (Checker 863, May 1957)


Billboard - May 6, 1957
Note: The single was reviewed as a "New R&B Record"!

Dale Hawkins, "Susie-Q" (Checker 863, May 1957)
Recorded: KWKH Radio, Shreveport, Louisiana
Lead guitar: James Burton

What a splendid rock 'n' roll track. Even though Creedence Clearwater Revival released a dynamite single of "Susie-Q" in 1968, it would have made for a nice Elvis cover.

Sadly, Dale Hawkins passed away about a year ago, at the age of 73.

I have heard Elvis' brief go at this song on a previous record but as pointed out that was out of context. I haven't heard this CD. Does Elvis mention Suzi Quatro?

Re: New label BSM announces Norfolk, July 20, 1975 AS

Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:26 pm

No,unfortunately not.