Two Louisiana rock legends for the price of one in this 1957 gem. Dale Hawkins (Gold Mine, LA) and James Burton (Dubberly, LA) on lead guitar. Suzie-Q was covered by The Rolling Stones with a 1:49 version in 1964 and and most famously by Creedence Clearwater Revival with an 8 minute version four years later. Dale’s cousin Ronnie Hawkins led the Hawks (later The Band), while Burton went on to tasty fretwork behind Ricky Nelson and Elvis turning ears on both sides of the Atlantic and making the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001.
In answer to Sir Mick’s 1964 question below…a good reason to listen to a cover of Slim Harpo is The Rolling Stones’ knack for interpreting blues tracks.
To commemorate a new DVD release of Dr. John and the late great Johnny Winter, Live in Sweden 1987, here is an earlier clip of their combo, grooving Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time”
“Down in New Orleans, Where the Blues Was Born…” a high school aged Art Neville singing Mardi Gras Mambo in 1954 with the Hawketts.
This shot from the archives gave the blues feel today. The Black Keys live at the LA forum November 6, 2014. The Akron, Ohio blues duo paid the blues apprenticeship then forged a more popular and creative option. It was like 1966 all over again.