Just as I remember where I bought certain books or associate books with a certain time and place, I remember the first time I heard certain songs or associate them with a time and a place. What I remember about this one is that I was in the back seat of a beige 1954 Pontiac being driven east on Titus Street in Mexia, Texas, about a block from the elementary school one night in the summer of 1958. Margaret Stubbs was the driver, and the car belonged to her parents. I don't remember who else was in the car, but the radio was tuned to some AM station that wasn't coming in too well. Probably nobody else was listening to the music, but I always did, even if with only half an ear. When this song came on, I was electrified. I practically jumped into the front seat to get to the radio knobs and turn up the volume. I yelled at everyone to be quiet so I could hear it. They thought I was crazy, which I probably was (and am), but they let me listen. I bought the 45 rpm recording of the song as soon as I could. I still have it, and I still love the song.
Robin Luke - Susie Darlin' (1958) - YouTube: