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Swamp-rock legend Dale Hawkins dies at 73

Dale Hawkins passed away at 73 yesterday after battling colon cancer, reports the Shreveport Times. The rockabilly pioneer was best known for the 1957 hit “Susie Q,” which featured a 15-year-old James Burton on guitar and was the first release by Chess Records of a white artist. After Hawkins had sold his share of the rights to the song, “Suzie Q” later became a hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Rolling Stones. Hawkins’ producer credits included “Western Union” by the Five Americans, “Judy in Disguise” by John Fred & His Playboy Band, and “Not Too Long Ago” by the Uniques.