Having just gotten their first big hit with "Bye Bye Love," the Everly Brothers faced one of their biggest challenges in sustaining that success with a follow-up single. "Wake Up Little Susie" was a major triumph in that it was just as popular as "Bye Bye Love"; in fact, it was more popular and achieved the remarkable feat of going all the way to number one in the pop, country, and R&B charts. It was written by the same songwriting team, Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant, responsible for "Bye Bye Love," yet sounded different enough that it avoided trapping the Everly Brothers into a formula. Like "Bye Bye Love," though, "Wake Up Little Susie" was built around rousing, rhythmic acoustic guitar riffs which were especially prominent in the song's introduction. The Everlys' characteristic ebullient harmonies paced the insistent chorus, their vocal lines rejoined by especially emphatic, somewhat bluesy, guitar licks. The tune's lyrics, in contrast to the immediately memorable melody and arrangement, sound a tad corny these days: a teen fretting over his date having fallen asleep at the pictures, and even worse, having to face their parents with some kind of explanation. The worries got a bit salacious in the bridge, where the brothers went into a somewhat more ominous melody and more declarative responsive electric rockabilly guitar licks, ending with special concern over what to tell their friends when they were taunted with cries of -- and here the pair went into especially buoyant harmonies -- "ooh la la!" Sounds pretty innocuous, but actually the song was controversial in its day, among the primmer guardians of morality at any rate, who suspected that the teenage pair of "Wake Up Little Susie" had not fallen asleep at the movies, but fallen asleep in bed, together. Apparently that was enough to get it banned from some radio stations. But judging from its untoppable chart performance, it couldn't have gotten banned from that many stations, and whatever bans it suffered couldn't have had that much of an adverse effect.