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 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Recorded August, 1957
Genre Country, rockabilly
Label Cadence 1337
Writer(s) Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bye Bye Love"
"Wake Up Little Susie"
"This Little Girl of Mine"

"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] however the song does not outright state that Susie and her boyfriend had sexual relations, leaving the interpretation up to the listener.

Cover versions and parodies[edit]

See also[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. ^ "The Setlist Program". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Soundtrack: "Susie Q" and "Wake Up Little Susie"". susieshope.com. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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Preceded by
"Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers
Billboard Top 100 number one single
(The Everly Brothers version)

October 21, 1957 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis
Cash Box magazine best selling record chart
#1 record

October 26 – November 2, 1957
Succeeded by
"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"Fraulein" by Bobby Helms
Billboard C&W Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
October 14, 1957
Succeeded by
"Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley