Song of the Day: The Everly Brothers, “Wake Up, Little Susie”

Matilda Genevieve "Felice" Bryant, one-half of the husband and wife songwriting team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, was born on this day in 1913. The Bryants wrote many songs for such artists as Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, and especially the Everly Brothers, who recorded over twenty of their songs. "Wake Up, Little Susie" was written by the Bryants and recorded by Don and Phil in 1957, who took it to #1.

15 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Everly Brothers, “Wake Up, Little Susie”

  1. More than one of the British rock stars I’ve read about say how they could never duplicate this intro perfectly…. Graham Nash said he asked them and they told him it was in open tuning.

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    1. Open tunings are great: they can simplify fingerings and give you all kinds of new and interesting sounds, but they’re hell when you’re trying to duplicate what’s on the record. Joni Mitchell rarely, if ever, plays in standard tuning. I read where someone sat down to figure out what tunings she was using and gave up after three pages…

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      1. Her running’s are made up by her…
        The open tuning I’ve done is open g… you can play 80 percent of the stones catalog in that

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        1. Maybe even more, but that’s a good estimate. Joni Mitchell is some kind of a genius. It was easy to dismiss her as a chick with a guitar in the ’60’s, but you really can’t do that anymore.

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