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“Suzie Q”

Dale Hawkins | 1957

A hypnotic cowbell sets the mood for Dale Hawkins's bluesy strutting rockabilly ode to "Suzie Q," fired by a wild solo by teenaged guitarist James Burton, soon to become one of the top Hollywood rock & roll session musicians. About 10 years later, Creedence Clearwater Revival's version would become their first big hit. "You can really hear that we were havin' a good time cuttin' that record," Hawkins said. "Man, me and the vocal group were actually doin' steps during the guitar breaks!"

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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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