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Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins was born on August 22, 1936 and died on February 13, 2010 of cancer. He was a cousin of singer Ronnie Hawkins. He recorded Susie Q in Shreveport in 1956 (at a radio station) and it was placed with Chess for distribution. The song has become an all time rock classic. After a string of successful record releases, Dale Hawkins became a successful record producer whose hits included “Western Union” by The Five Americans.