Annie Barrett
February 15, 2010 AT 06:39 PM EST

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.

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