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Wake Up Little Susie is another hit from the start of The Everly Brothers’ career, Bye Bye Love being the other obvious one. Most of their songs featured the close harmony vocals with Don singing the lower parts and Phil singing higher, usually a third higher.

They really introduced this style of harmony to the world of emerging world of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the late 1950s. Wake Up Little Susie is a bit more complicated than many songs from the time, having different parts leaning towards different keys, and lines from one section also appearing in another, sometimes over different progressions.

The Intro includes syncopated chord changes, quickly moving from F to G and back, which occur later with different rhythms. You don’t even really need barre chords to play this song.