Hello, thanks for stopping by today. Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Ridgely, Tennessee. He was a rockabilly singer/songwriter. His band consisted of Carl, his brothers Jay B. and Clayton and drummer W.B. Holland. He was a member of Johnny Cash’s touring group from 1965-1975.
Carl’s classic recording of BLUE SUEDE SHOES made its debut on the Billboard Top 100 chart in March of 1956. Blue Suede Shoes on the Sun Record label had a stay of 21 weeks on the chart and reached #2 in America, a spot it held for 4 weeks. Carl crossed over to the Country chart with Blue Suede Shoes and topped the chart for 3 weeks (#1).
Carl’s songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Johnny Cash to name just a few. Carl’s Blue Suede Shoes was the first single record on the Sun Records label to sell over a million copies. Carl “The King Of Rockabilly” was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.
He would never again reach the upper chart position of Blue Suede Shoes, although he would chart other records on the Top 100. He would continue to record from time to time throughout the years. Carl passed away in January of 1998 at the age of 65. He will be remembered for the many great songs he wrote, but the one he is forever remembered for is his Rock & Roll Classic, Blue Suede Shoes and as Carl would sing “It’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go. THANKS, CARL.
Till the next time—Joe