Wake Up Little Susie

"Wake Up Little Susie" is a popular song written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and published in 1957.

The song is best known in a recording by The Everly Brothers,[1] issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1337. The Everly Brothers record reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered suggestive, according to a 1986 interview with Don Everly.[2] "Wake Up Little Susie" also spent seven weeks atop the Billboard country chart[3] and got to No. two on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked at No. 318 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[4]

In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show during the 2000 U.S. presidential election, then-Governor George W. Bush named "Wake Up Little Susie" as his favorite song.[5] "Wake Up Little Susie" was the first single filmmaker David Lynch bought.[6]

"Wake Up Little Susie"
Wake up Suzie everly Bros
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Everly Brothers
B-side"Maybe Tomorrow"
ReleasedSeptember 2, 1957
RecordedAugust 16, 1957
GenreCountry, rockabilly
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bye Bye Love"
"Wake Up Little Susie"
"This Little Girl of Mine"

Song premise

The song is written from the point of view of a high school boy to his girlfriend, Susie. In the song, the two go out on a date to a cinema (perhaps a drive-in), only to fall asleep during the movie. They do not wake up until 4 o'clock in the morning, well after her 10 o'clock curfew. They then contemplate the reactions of her parents and their friends.

Don Everly reported it had been banned in Boston.[2]


All versions
Chart (1957–58) Peak
US Honor Roll of Hits (Billboard)[7] 1
The Everly Brothers version
Chart (1957–58) Peak
US Best Sellers in Stores (Billboard)[8] 1
US C&W Best Sellers in Stores (Billboard)[9] 1
US Most Played by Jockeys (Billboard)[10] 1
US Most Played C&W by Jockeys (Billboard)[9] 1
US Most Played R&B by Jockeys (Billboard)[11] 1
US R&B Best Sellers in Stores (Billboard)[12] 1
Simon & Garfunkel version
Chart (1982) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 27

Simon & Garfunkel version

Simon and Garfunkel have cited the Everly Brothers as strong influences on their own music. Their live version of "Wake Up Little Susie," recorded in the duo's concert in New York's Central Park on September 19, 1981, reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and is the duo's last Top 40 hit.

During Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friends" tour in 2003–2004, they performed this song and others in a segment with the Everly Brothers, who toured in support.

Cover versions and parodies

See also


  1. ^ The Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ a b Hurst, Jack (August 3, 1986). "Everly Brothers Again Waking Up Nation To Innocent, Wonderful". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 117.
  4. ^ "500 Greatest Songs of All Time: The Everly Brothers, 'Wake Up Little Susie'". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  5. ^ "`Oprah' Show Helps Bush Explore His Fallible Side - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2000-09-20. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  6. ^ "Twitter Q&A with @david_lynch and @guardianmusic". guardian.co.uk. July 1, 1973. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Honor Roll of Hits: The Nation's Top Tunes for Survey Week Ending October 19". Billboard: 48. October 28, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Best Sellers in Stores for Survey Week Ending October 5, 1957". Billboard: 40. October 14, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "C&W Best Sellers in Stores for Survey Week Ending October 26, 1957". Billboard: 40. November 4, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Most Played by Jockeys for Survey Week Ending October 26, 1957". Billboard: 40. November 4, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Most Played R&B by Jockeys for Survey Week Ending October 26". Billboard: 58. November 4, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "R&B Best Sellers in Stores for Survey Week Ending October 5". Billboard: 55. October 14, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "Simon & Garfunkel Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Setlist Program". Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  15. ^ "Soundtrack: "Susie Q" and "Wake Up Little Susie"". susieshope.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014.

External links

1957 in country music

This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1957.

1989 FAMAS Awards

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Baby Scoop Era

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Banned in Boston

"Banned in Boston" was a phrase employed from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century, to describe a literary work, song, motion picture, or play which had been prohibited from distribution or exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts. During this period, Boston officials had wide authority to ban works featuring "objectionable" content, and often banned works with sexual content or foul language.

Early instances of works being "banned in Boston" extend back at least to the year 1651. That year, William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts—Massachusetts' great settlement in the Connecticut River Valley—and the former treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote a book criticizing Puritanism entitled, The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption. Boston, founded by Puritans and, at that time, ruled as a de jure theocracy, banned Pynchon's book and pressed him to return to England. He did so in 1652, which nearly caused Springfield to align with the nearby Connecticut Colony.

Billboard year-end top 50 singles of 1957

This is a list of Billboard magazine's top 50 singles of 1957 according to retail sales.

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

Felice Bryant (born Matilda Genevieve Scaduto; August 7, 1925 – April 22, 2003) and Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant (; February 13, 1920 – June 25, 1987) were an American husband and wife country music and pop songwriting team. They were best known for songs such as "Rocky Top," "We Could" (credited solely to Felice), "Love Hurts" (credited solely to Boudleaux), and numerous hits by the Everly Brothers, including "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (credited solely to Boudleaux),, "Bye Bye Love" and Wake Up Little Susie.

Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop

The Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop is a signature acoustic guitar model produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation

The Everly Brothers recorded many hit songs during the 1950s and the 1960s, such as "Wake Up Little Susie", "Let It Be Me", "Cathy's Clown", "All I Have to Do is Dream", and "Bye Bye Love". Throughout the 1950s, they used Gibson J-200 guitars, some customized with dual pickguards.

In 1962, Gibson collaborated with The Everly Brothers to produce the Everly Brothers Flattop. This flat top guitar featured a thin J-185-style body and an adjustable bridge. The guitar was unusual in that it featured star-shaped inlays on the rosewood fretboard, and it had a large double tortoise grain pickguard, which covered most of the top of the body. As the pickguard covered most of the top of the guitar, it limited the vibration of the top, thus limiting the sound of the guitar. The standard finish on the guitar was black, though a few models were natural or sunburst finish. The Everly Brothers Flattop was discontinued in 1972, but was reissued as the Gibson J-180 in the mid-1980s.

The Everly Brothers used these guitars throughout the 1960s, both live and in the recording studio. Paul McCartney also owns and plays an Everly Brothers model, as did many influential artists including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Roger Daltrey, Billie Joe Armstrong, Billy Idol, Sharleen Spiteri, Madonna and many more. Albert Lee is the owner of Don Everly's original Everly Brothers Model. Lee was presented with the guitar by Don Everly himself. Before Gibson announced the Everly Brothers Model, the brothers used Gibson SJ-200s. The guitar that Don gave to Albert Lee is not an 'Everly Brothers Model', but a 1958 SJ_200 finished in black with cream double pickguards.

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List of Billboard number-one country songs of 1957

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Sonny James achieved his first number one in 1957 with "Young Love", which also topped the pop singles charts. The singer, dubbed the "Southern Gentleman", would go on to become one of the most successful artists in country music history, with more than 20 number ones to his name. Rock and roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, whose early recordings were successful on the country charts, reached number one for the first time in September with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", which was also a rhythm and blues number one. The song has been included on lists of the greatest tracks of all time, and in 2015 was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The Everly Brothers also topped the country charts for the first time, with "Bye Bye Love", and returned to the top spot later in the year with "Wake Up Little Susie", which also topped Billboard's pop and R&B charts. The brothers had the highest total number of weeks atop both the country best sellers and jockeys charts, with 14 and 15 weeks respectively at number one. "Gone" by Ferlin Husky had the longest unbroken run at number one on any of the charts, topping the best sellers chart for ten consecutive weeks. The final number one of the year on both the best sellers and jockeys charts was "My Special Angel" by Bobby Helms.

List of Billboard number-one singles of 1957

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Best Sellers in Stores – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.

Most Played by Jockeys – ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.

Most Played in Jukeboxes – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States (this chart was discontinued in June 1957).

Top 100 - an early version of the Hot 100, the first chart to feature a combined tabulation of sales, airplay and jukebox play.NOTE: Billboard changed its issue dates from a Saturday to a Monday schedule on April 29, thus causing a one-week inconsistency. This would later be changed back from a Monday to a Saturday schedule on January 6, 1962.

Rickie Solinger

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The Birdwatchers

The Birdwatchers were an American garage rock and pop band, active in the 1960s in the Tampa, Florida area. The band dabbled with an Everly Brothers sound in their early career (1964), releasing a cover version of "Wake Up Little Susie" on Tara, a local Florida based record label.During 1966 and 1967, the band released five singles on the Mala and Laurie labels, in addition to local releases on the Tara, Marlin and Scott labels. Most of these featured the vocals of Sammy Hall.

Despite national TV exposure on teen shows such as Where The Action Is, the highest placing the band ever achieved on the charts was No. 125 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Charts in September 1966, with "I'm Gonna Love you Anyway." As evidence of their local popularity, another of their records ("Girl I Got News for You") made Billboard's Regional Breakout Charts for Miami, peaking at No. 3 locally in April 1966.

The Donny Osmond Album

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On 12 January 2003, Maurice died unexpectedly at the age of 53, of a cardiac arrest, while waiting to undergo surgery for a twisted intestine. On 20 May 2012, Robin died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure. On 17 November 2012, Frost died in England after a long battle with cancer at age 64. As of 2018, Barry Gibb and Kenny Horrocks are the only remaining survivors of The Rattlesnakes.

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