Dale Hawkins

Real Name:
Delmar Allen Hawkins
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Born: 22nd August 1936 Goldmine, Louisiana, USA.
Died: 13th February 2010.
Pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, producer 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.

Hawkins went on to a long and successful career, recording a number of songs for Chess Records. In 1998, Ace Records issued a compilation album, Dale Hawkins, Rock 'n' Roll Tornado, which contained a collection of his early works and previously unreleased material. Other recordings include the cult classic "LA, Memphis and Tyler, Texas," and a 1999 release, "Wildcat Tamer," of all-new recordings that garnered Hawkins a 4-star review in Rolling Stone. However, his career was not limited to recording or performing. He hosted a teen dance party, The Dale Hawkins Show, on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

He then became a record producer, and found success with The Uniques' "Not Too Long Ago," the Five Americans' "Western Union," Jon & Robin's "Do It Again – A Little Bit Slower." He served as executive vice president of Abnak Records; Vice President, Southwest Division, Bell Records (here he produced Bruce Channel, Ronnie Self, James Bell, the Festivals, the Dolls, and the Gentrys); and A&R director, RCA West Coast Rock Division, working with Michael Nesmith and Harry Nilsson. In the 1990s, he produced "Goin Back to Mississippi" by R. L. Burnside's slide guitarist, Kenny Brown.

Hawkins' pioneering contributions have been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
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Albums

LP 1429 Dale Hawkins - Oh! Suzy-Q album art Dale Hawkins Oh! Suzy-Q (Album, Comp) Chess, Argo (6) LP 1429 US 1958 Sell This Version
BELL 6036 Dale Hawkins - L.A., Memphis & Tyler, Texas album art Dale Hawkins L.A., Memphis & Tyler, Texas (Album) Bell Records BELL 6036 US 1969 Sell This Version
ED 256 Dale Hawkins - Daredevil album art Dale Hawkins Daredevil (Album) Norton Records (2) ED 256 US 1997 Sell This Version
54322-2 Dale Hawkins - Wildcat Tamer album art Dale Hawkins Wildcat Tamer in-akustik, Mystic Music & Entertainment 54322-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
PL 601 Dale Hawkins - Back Down To Louisiana album art Dale Hawkins Back Down To Louisiana(CD) Plumtone Music PL 601 US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

843 Dale Hawkins - See You Soon Baboon / Four Letter Word album art Dale Hawkins See You Soon Baboon / Four Letter Word (Single) Checker 843 US 1956 Sell This Version
876 Dale Hawkins - Baby, Baby / Mrs. Merguitory's Daughter album art Dale Hawkins Baby, Baby / Mrs. Merguitory's Daughter (Single) Checker 876 US 1957 Sell This Version
none Dale Hawkins - Susie-Q / Don't Treat Me This Way album art Dale Hawkins Susie-Q / Don't Treat Me This Way (Single) Checker none UK 1957 Sell This Version
K1804 Dale Hawkins - My Babe album art Dale Hawkins My Babe (Single) Checker K1804 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
900 Dale Hawkins - La-Do-Dada album art Dale Hawkins La-Do-Dada (Single) Checker 900 US 1958 Sell This Version
892 Dale Hawkins - Tornado / Little Pig album art Dale Hawkins Tornado / Little Pig (Single) Checker 892 US 1958 Sell This Version
929 Dale Hawkins - Our Turn / Lifeguard Man album art Dale Hawkins Our Turn / Lifeguard Man Checker 929 US 1959 Sell This Version
K1908 Dale Hawkins - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby / My Dream album art Dale Hawkins Ain't That Lovin' You Baby / My Dream (Single) Checker K1908 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
K1963 Dale Hawkins - Liza Jane / Back To School album art Dale Hawkins Liza Jane / Back To School (Single) Checker K1963 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
940 Dale Hawkins - Hot Dog / Don't Break Your Promise To Me album art Dale Hawkins Hot Dog / Don't Break Your Promise To Me (Single) Checker 940 US 1959 Sell This Version
913 Dale Hawkins - Someday One Day / Take My Heart album art Dale Hawkins Someday One Day / Take My Heart (Single) Checker 913 US 1959 Sell This Version
916 Dale Hawkins - Yea-Yea / Lonely Nights album art Dale Hawkins Yea-Yea / Lonely Nights (Single) Checker 916 US 1959 Sell This Version
45-HLM 9060 Dale Hawkins - Hot Dog  album art Dale Hawkins Hot Dog (7", Single) London American Recordings, London Records 45-HLM 9060 UK 1959 Sell This Version
HLM 9016 Dale Hawkins - Back To School Blues album art Dale Hawkins Back To School Blues(7", S/Sided, Promo) London American Recordings, London Records HLM 9016 UK 1959 Sell This Version
944 Dale Hawkins - Poor Little Rhode Island album art Dale Hawkins Poor Little Rhode Island (Single) Checker 944 US 1960 Sell This Version
962 Dale Hawkins - Linda album art Dale Hawkins Linda (Single) Checker 962 US 1961 Sell This Version
970 Dale Hawkins - Grandma's House / I Want To Love You album art Dale Hawkins Grandma's House / I Want To Love You (Single) Checker 970 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-783 Dale Hawkins - Wish I Hadn't Called Home / Forbidden Love album art Dale Hawkins Wish I Hadn't Called Home / Forbidden Love (Single) Tilt (9) 45-783 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-2126 Dale Hawkins - Stay At Home Lulu / I Can't Erase You (Out Of My Heart) album art Dale Hawkins Stay At Home Lulu / I Can't Erase You (Out Of My Heart) (Single) Atlantic 45-2126 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-781 Dale Hawkins - Money Honey / The Same Old Way album art Dale Hawkins Money Honey / The Same Old Way(7", Single) Tilt (9) 45-781 US 1961 Sell This Version