Grateful Dead “Wake Up Little Susie” (Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene too)
Phil Everly co-founder of the influential Everly Brothers passed away on Friday. The next evening Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby paid tribute to the Everly Brothers at Walnut Creek, CA’s Lesher Regional Center for the Arts as part of Stars to the Rescue XXIII benefit show. Each performed their own sets and the pair returned at the end of the night to perform two Everly Brothers-associated classics, “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” The Grateful Dead performed both songs early in their career: the group covered “All I Have to Do is Dream” once on June 11, 1969 at a concert billed as Bobby Ace And The Cards From The Bottom Of The Deck (which featured Weir, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Tom Constanten with David Nelson, John Dawson and Peter Grant), and they regularly covered “Wake Up Little Susie” during their acoustic sets in 1970.One of those versions from the Fillmore East on February 14, 1970 appears above (set to images of the Everly Brothers). Below we've posted a version of the song by Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene from May 26, 2012 at Crossroads KC in Kansas City, MO.