Dale Hawkins Musical Artist

Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins (August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock boogie. Fellow rockabilly pioneer Ronnie Hawkins was his cousin. In 1957, Hawkins was playing at Shreveport, Louisiana clubs, and although his music was influenced by the new rock and roll style of Elvis Presley and the guitar sounds of Scotty Moore, Hawkins blended that with the uniquely heavy blues sound of black Louisiana artists for his recording of his swamp-rock classic, "Susie Q." Fellow Louisiana guitarist and future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton provided the signature riff and solo. The song was chosen as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Creedence Clearwater Revival's version of the song on their 1968 debut album helped launch their career and today it is probably the best known version. In 1958 Hawkins recorded a single of Willie Dixon's "My Babe" at the Chess Records studio in Chicago, featuring Telecaster guitarist Roy Buchanan. He went on to a long and successful career, recording more songs for Chess.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 22nd, 1936
Place of birth
Louisiana, United States of America
United States of America
Date of death
February 13th, 2010 at age of 73
Place of death
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
Cause of death
Colorectal cancer
Places lived
Louisiana , United States, with Territories
pop. 4,625,470 (2013)

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
Susie Q
1957 Single on gramophone record

Starring TV roles

1. The Big Beat

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
July 12th, 1957 1

Guest TV appearances

American Bandstand

Program genre

Variety show
Talk show

External resources

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Boom Boom Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E191 May 29th, 1961
S01-E255 July 21st, 1958
S01-E02 August 6th, 1957

The Dick Clark Show

Program genre

Variety show

External resources

The Dick Clark Show is an American musical variety show broadcast weekly in the United States on the ABC television network 7:30-8 PM on Saturdays from February 15, 1958 through September 10, 1960, sponsored by Beechnut Gum.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E19 January 16th, 1960
S03-E04 October 3rd, 1959
S02-E27 March 7th, 1959
S02-E40 June 6th, 1959
S01-E09 April 12th, 1958
S02-E11 November 15th, 1958
S01-E28 August 23rd, 1958


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