Newton recalled the story of the song to The Boot
: "I wrote 'Bobbie Sue' with my good friends Dan and Adele Tyler. Dan had a little boy at the time, and one of the first words for a baby is 'ba,' like 'bottle.' So his son was saying 'ba-ba,' and it sparked this idea to write a song about 'ba ba ba ba Bobbie Sue.'
We both come from that era when Memphis was home to Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and rock 'n' roll: Dan is from McComb, Mississippi, and I'm from Hampton, Arkansas, so you grow up with the same kids in those small towns, and when someone is dating a girl from the county over, it's an exciting thing."