A Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, Dale Hawkins was born in 1938. Along with others, he created a sound that was often referred to as ’Swamp Rock’ and helped shaping original Rock ’n’ Roll music. Hawkins was a talented singer and songwriter, recording artist, bandleader and producer, and cousin to Ronnie Hawkins. Suzie Q, a tremendous hit for him in 1957, will remain his trademark song.
Hawkins made his greatest recordings for the famed Chicago blues outfit, Chess/Checker Records. He was one of only a handful of white artists that Leonard Chess produced for his labels. Chess was known for its expertise in electric urban Blues and original Rhythm and Blues.
James Burton, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee himself, was among a fine list of great guitarists that performed in Dale Hawkins’ band. Others were Fred Carter Jr, Roy Buchanan, Joe Osborn, and Scotty Moore.
For this 7inch 45 RPM records we have picked two fantastisc rockers, masters from his superb Chess catalog. Both songs are now available on 45 for the first time, ever!
Boogie Woogie Teenage Girl, recorded in 1957, is a hard-driving mid-tempo Rock ’n’ Roll jiver in a class of ist own. This recording is guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor! According to our files, Dale Hawkins, Carl Adams and Kenny Paulsen are the guitar players on this number, Margret and Rose Lewis are listed as background vocalists.
The flip side, Lulu, a guitar-driven Chicago style rocker from 1958, has the potential to become a cult record. Here Dale Hawkins is featured on guitar, along with a young Roy Buchanan and Kenny Paulsen. Both titles have been produced by Leonard Chess.
Bear Family’s high-quality 45 release is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide!