Wake Up Little Susie

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"Wake Up Little Susie"
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Everly Brothers
B-side "Maybe Tomorrow"
Released September 2, 1957
Format
Recorded August 1957
Genre Country, rockabilly
Length 1:57
Label Cadence
Writer(s)
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bye Bye Love"
(1957)
"Wake Up Little Susie"
(1957)
"This Little Girl of Mine"
(1958)

"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 number one 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 number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked at #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]

Song premise[edit]

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, 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]

Charts[edit]

All versions
Chart (1957–58) Peak
position
US Honor Roll of Hits (Billboard)[7] 1
The Everly Brothers version
Chart (1957–58) Peak
position
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
position
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 27

Simon & Garfunkel version[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 31 May 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 31 May 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. 1973-07-01. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  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" Billboard Hot 100 for Simon & Garfunkel. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Setlist Program". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Soundtrack: "Susie Q" and "Wake Up Little Susie"". susieshope.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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