Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins was born on August 22, 1938 in the village of Goldmine, Louisiana. He was an early innovator of American Rock & Roll, a singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitar player.
In 1953 Hawkins joined the Navy at age sixteen and served 1½ years. Afterwards he worked in Shreveport as a music store clerk by day and performed his music by night. He became one of the earliest exponents of ‘Rockabilly.’ Hawkins is best known for the song “Susie Q” which he wrote and recorded. “Susie Q” reached #27 on the U.S. pop chart in 1957 when Hawkins was just 18 years old.
Hawkins was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000. He moved to Arkansas in 1978. In 1997 he started his Hawk’s Nest Recording Studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas.