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"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, issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1337. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Pop charts and the Cash Box Best Selling Record charts, despite having been banned from Bostonmarker radio stations for lyrics that—at the time—were considered suggestive. It got to #2 on the United Kingdommarker song charts. The song is ranked #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "Wake Up Little Susie" also went to number one on the country charts where it spent seven weeks at the top .

In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show during the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Governor George W. Bush named "Wake Up Little Susie" as his favorite song, erroneously claiming it was by Buddy Holly, although Holly never recorded the song.

Song Premise

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 movie 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 film.

Cover Versions

  • Joe Melson on the album "Wake Up Little Susie"
  • Blue Suede Daddys
  • In 2008 a part of the song was sung in the bluegrass version of The Raconteurs' Old Enough, featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe.
  • The musical duo Evan and Jaron also recorded a version of the song on their album, "52 Sundays."
  • Among notable musical groups performing covers of the song are Simon and Garfunkel and the Grateful Dead. During Simon and Garfunkel's "Old Friends" tour in 2003-2004, they performed this song and others in a segment with the Everly Brothers, who toured in support. Simon and Garfunkel have cited the Everly Brothers as strong influences on their own music. Their live version of "Wake Up Little Susie" reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.
  • Brand New Rockers
  • Count Dee's Music Explosion
  • David Ross
  • Frankie Lymon
  • Golden Boys
  • Loggins and Messina
  • Sam Levine
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Stavely Makepeace
  • Suzi Quatro
  • The Booze Bros
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • The King Brothers
  • The Magic Time Travellers
  • Outlaws
  • The Rattles
  • The Rockhouse Brothers


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