Wake Up Little Susie

The Everly Brothers

About Wake Up Little Susie

"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 Everly Brothers record reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered suggestive, according to a 1986 interview with Don Everly. "Wake Up Little Susie" also spent seven weeks atop the Billboard country chart and got to No. two on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked at No. 318 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show during the 2000 U. S. presidential election, then-Governor George W. Bush named "Wake Up Little Susie" as his favorite song. "Wake Up Little Susie" was the first single filmmaker David Lynch bought.  


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Wake up, little Susie, wake up
Wake up, little Susie, wake up
We've both been sound asleep, wake up, little Susie, and weep
The movie's over, it's four o'clock, and we're in trouble deep
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

Whatta we gonna tell your mama
Whatta we gonna tell your pa
Whatta we gonna tell our friends when they say â??ooh-la-laâ??
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

I told your mama that you'd be in by ten
Well Susie baby looks like we goofed again
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, we gotta go home

Wake up, little Susie, wake up
Wake up, little Susie, wake up
The movie wasn't so hot, it didn't have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

Whatta we gonna tell your mama
Whatta we gonna tell your pa
Whatta we gonna tell our friends when they say â??ooh-la-laâ??
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie

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The Everly Brothers

Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip "Phil" Everly (born January 19, 1939), together known as the Everly Brothers, are country-influenced rock and roll performers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The duo was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. more »

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Written by: Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant


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10 facts about this song

Release & Reception
"Wake Up Little Susie" was released in 1957 by the American rock and roll duo, The Everly Brothers. This song topped both Billboard pop and country charts, proving its immense popularity across different music genres.
Despite its popularity, the song was banned from Boston radio stations. The song's story of two teenagers falling asleep at a movie and waking up at 4 am was considered scandalous at the time, causing an uproar in certain conservative sections of society.
The song was written by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. They also wrote other hit songs for The Everly Brothers, including "Bye Bye Love" and "All I Have to Do Is Dream."
Grammy Hall of Fame
In 2004, "Wake Up Little Susie" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
Influence on Other Musicians
The Everly Brothers and their hit song "Wake Up Little Susie" had a significant impact on other musicians, including The Beatles, who cited the Brothers as a major influence.
Cover Versions
Several artists have covered "Wake Up Little Susie," including Simon & Garfunkel in their live recording in Central Park, released in 1982. Their version of the song reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Role in History
The song is still culturally significant today and was featured in the 1973 George Lucas film "American Graffiti," which showcases teen culture from the early 1960s.
Live Performances
During the Everly Brothers' performances, they often incorporated humorous scripts about the controversy and the impact it had on their career, showing that they maintained a sense of humor about "Wake Up Little Susie."
In 2010, the song was used in a commercial for the Wake-Up Club app for the PlayStation Vita system, keeping the song relevant in pop culture.
Cultural Connection
"Wake Up Little Susie" is often used in many pop culture references to represent 1950s America because of its popularity and controversy during that era. For instance, it was featured in an episode of the popular 70’s sitcom "Happy Days," which is set in the mid-50s to mid-60s.

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