Dale Hawkins Interview
Dale Hawkins is a rock 'n' roll original. His claim to fame is a song he wrote in the 50's called "Suzie Q." In 1957, that song, as sung by Hawkins went to Number 27 on the charts. John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival enjoyed a Number 11 hit with "Suzie Q" in 1968.
Over the years, Hawkins recorded for labels such as Chess, Tilt, Zonk, Atlantic, Roulette, and ABC-Paramount. In the mid-60's, Dale Hawkins served as a producer on such hits as "Western Union," "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower," for the "Five Americans," and "Hey Baby" by Bruce Channel.
What's Dale Hawkins been doing with himself all these years? That's what we wanted to know.
Q. Dale, what keeps you busy these days?
I'm occasionally a guest star at festivals featuring music in the U.S. and Europe and even occasionally do club dates. I'm also writing and producing a new album on myself that has received attention by major record companies. The major problem in getting it finished is having the time to be by myself to write the rest of the tunes. I keep thinking I'll take a portable word processor, along with my guitar, up to the Ozark Mountains and get away from all the distractions that demand all my time. Speaking of records, M.C.A. is putting my old stuff out on CD this year. I also spend time answering the fan mail I get from around the world. Some of the letters I get really touch my heart, to know people think so much of my music.
Q. As you travel across the country, I imagine
you must constantly think about how audiences have changed and how the music
itself has changed. Give me your thoughts on these two subjects.
Q. You recorded for so many different labels. What were
for, that you couldn't find?
Q. "Suzie Q" was your ticket to fame, but
how about fortune? Did any publisher rip you off? Do you still own the song?
Q. Since so many versions of that song have been recorded, do you have a
Q. What about James Burton's claim that he co-authored "Suzie Q," any
Q. If you had everything to do over again, what would be the one thing you'd
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