Wake Up Little Susie

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"Wake Up Little Susie"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-sideMaybe Tomorrow
ReleasedSeptember 2, 1957
Format45 rpm, 78 rpm
GenrePop, rockabilly
LabelCadence 1337
Writer(s)Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bye Bye Love"
(1956)
"Wake Up Little Susie"
(1957)
"This Little Girl of Mine"
(1958)
 
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"Wake Up Little Susie"
Single by The Everly Brothers
B-sideMaybe Tomorrow
ReleasedSeptember 2, 1957
Format45 rpm, 78 rpm
GenrePop, rockabilly
LabelCadence 1337
Writer(s)Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Bye Bye Love"
(1956)
"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.[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 #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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.[4] "Wake Up Little Susie" was the first single filmmaker David Lynch bought.[5]

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 to a drive-in theater, only to fall asleep during the movie. They do not wake up until 4 o'clock in the morning, well after the 10 o'clock curfew. They then contemplate the reactions of her parents and their friends.

Although banned in such places as Boston, the song does not state that Susie and her boyfriend had sexual relations. Indeed, it strongly implies that they did not; the couple simply fell asleep because they were bored by the movie. One line in the lyrics states that the movie "wasn't so hot, it didn't have much of a plot. We fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot."

Cover versions and parodies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Everly Brothers interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
  2. ^ Wake Up Little Susie: The Everly Brothers : Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 117. 
  4. ^ "`Oprah' Show Helps Bush Explore His Fallible Side - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2000-09-20. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Twitter Q&A with @david_lynch and @guardianmusic". guardian.co.uk. 1973-07-01. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  6. ^ "The Setlist Program". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 

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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