Today in 1957, the Everly Brothers recorded “Wake Up Little Susie” at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission studios in Nashville.
The 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.