Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998)[1][2] was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist who recorded most notably on the Solar Studio, in Memphis, starting in 1954. Amongst his best-known songs are “Blue Suede Footwear”, “Matchbox” and “Everyone’s Making an attempt to Be My Child”.

In keeping with Charlie Daniels, “Carl Perkins’ songs personified the rockabilly period, and Carl Perkins’ sound personifies the rockabilly sound extra so than anyone concerned in it, as a result of he by no means modified.”[3] Perkins’s songs had been recorded by artists (and mates) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Money and Eric Clapton which additional established his place within the historical past of common music. Paul McCartney mentioned “if there have been no Carl Perkins, there could be no Beatles.”[4]

Known as “the King of Rockabilly”, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, the Rockabilly Corridor of Fame, the Memphis Music Corridor of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame. He additionally obtained a Grammy Corridor of Fame Award.



Perkins was born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, the son of poor sharecroppers Louise and Buck Perkins (misspelled on his beginning certificates as “Perkings”).[5] Starting on the age of six, he labored lengthy hours within the cotton fields together with his household, whether or not college was in session or not.[6] He grew up listening to southern gospel music sung by white mates in church and by black discipline employees working within the cotton fields.[7] On Saturday nights Perkins would hearken to the Grand Ole Opry on his father’s radio. Roy Acuff’s broadcasts impressed him to ask his mother and father for a guitar.[8] Since they may not afford one, his father made one from a cigar field and a broomstick. Finally, a neighbor offered his father a worn-out Gene Autry guitar. Perkins couldn’t afford new strings, and once they broke he needed to retie them. The knots reduce his fingers when he would slide to a different word, so he started bending the notes, stumbling onto a kind of blue word.[3][9]

Perkins taught himself components of Acuff’s “Nice Speckled Chook” and “The Wabash Cannonball”, having heard them performed on the Opry. He additionally cited Invoice Monroe’s quick taking part in and vocals as an early affect.[10] Perkins additionally discovered from John Westbrook, an African-American discipline employee in his sixties who performed blues and gospel music on an outdated acoustic guitar. Westbrook suggested Perkins to “Get down near it. You’ll be able to really feel it journey down the strangs, come by means of your head and all the way down to your soul the place you reside. You’ll be able to really feel it. Let it vib-a-rate.”[3][9]

In January 1947, the Perkins household moved from Lake County, Tennessee, to Madison County. Now in nearer proximity to Memphis, Perkins was uncovered to a larger number of music.[11] At age fourteen, he wrote a rustic track known as “Let Me Take You to the Film, Magg”. It was that track that ultimately persuaded Sam Phillips to signal Perkins to his Solar Data label.[12]

Beginnings as a performer

Perkins and his brother Jay had their first paying job (in ideas) as entertainers on the Cotton Boll tavern on Freeway 45, twelve miles south of Jackson, beginning on Wednesday nights throughout late 1946. Perkins was 14 years outdated. One of many songs they performed was an up-tempo nation blues shuffle model of Invoice Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. Free drinks had been one of many perks of taking part in in a tavern, and Perkins drank 4 beers that first night time. Inside a month Carl and Jay started taking part in Friday and Saturday nights on the Sand Ditch tavern, close to the western boundary of Jackson. Each locations had been the scene of occasional fights, and each of the Perkins brothers gained a popularity as fighters.[13]

Through the subsequent couple of years the Perkins brothers started taking part in different taverns round Bemis and Jackson, together with El Rancho, the Roadside Inn, and the Hilltop, as they grew to become higher recognized. Carl persuaded his brother Clayton to play the upright bass to finish the sound of the band.[14]

Perkins started performing frequently on WTJS in Jackson throughout the late Forties as a someday member of the Tennessee Ramblers. He additionally appeared on Hayloft Frolic, on which he carried out two songs, generally together with “Speaking Blues” as accomplished by Robert Lunn on the Grand Ole Opry. Perkins after which his brothers started showing on The Early Morning Farm and Residence Hour. Constructive listener response resulted in a 15-minute phase sponsored by Mom’s Finest Flour. By the top of the Forties, the Perkins Brothers had been the best-known band within the Jackson space.[15] Perkins had day jobs throughout most of those early years, together with selecting cotton, working at varied factories and vegetation, and as a pan greaser for the Colonial Baking Firm.[16][17]

In January 1953, Perkins married Valda Crider, whom he had recognized for a variety of years. When his job on the bakery was diminished to part-time, Valda, who had her personal job, inspired Perkins to start working the taverns full-time. He started taking part in six nights every week. Later the identical 12 months he added W.S. “Fluke” Holland to the band as a drummer. Holland had no earlier expertise as a musician however had a very good sense of rhythm.[18]

Malcolm Yelvington, who remembered the Perkins Brothers once they performed in Covington, Tennessee, in 1953, famous that Carl had an uncommon blues-like model all his personal.[19] By 1955 Perkins had made tapes of his materials with a borrowed tape recorder, and he despatched them to corporations comparable to Columbia and RCA, with addresses like “Columbia Data, New York Metropolis”. “I had despatched tapes to RCA and Columbia and had by no means heard a factor from ’em.”[20]

In July 1954, Perkins and his spouse heard a brand new launch of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Invoice Black on the radio.[21] Because the track pale out, Perkins mentioned, “There is a man in Memphis who understands what we’re doing. I must go see him.”[22] In keeping with one other telling of the story, it was Valda who advised him that he ought to go to Memphis.[23] Later, Presley advised Perkins he traveled to Jackson and had seen Perkins and his group taking part in at El Rancho.[20]

Years later the musician Gene Vincent advised an interviewer, slightly than “Blue Moon of Kentucky” being a “new sound”, “lots of people had been doing it earlier than that, particularly Carl Perkins.”[24]

Solar Data

Perkins in 1956

Perkins efficiently auditioned for Sam Phillips at Solar Data in early October 1954. “Film Magg” and “Flip Round” had been launched on the Phillips-owned Flip label (151) on March 19, 1955.[25] “Flip Round” grew to become a regional success, and Perkins was booked to look together with Elvis Presley at theaters in Marianna and West Memphis, Arkansas.[2][26] Johnny Money and the Tennessee Two had been the following musicians to be added to the performances by Solar musicians. Through the summer time of 1955 there have been junkets to Little Rock and Forrest Metropolis, Arkansas and to Corinth and Tupelo, Mississippi. Once more acting at El Rancho, the Perkins brothers had been concerned in an vehicle accident in Woodside, Delaware. A buddy, who had been driving, was pinned by the steering wheel and needed to be dragged from the burning automotive by Perkins. Clayton had been thrown from the automotive however was not significantly injured.[27]

One other Perkins track, “Gone Gone Gone”,[28][29] launched by Solar in October 1955,[30] was additionally a regional success. It was a “bounce blues in flavorsome mixed nation and r.&b. idioms”.[31] The B-side was the extra conventional nation track “Let the Jukebox Preserve On Taking part in”.[32]

Commenting on Perkins’s taking part in, Sam Phillips has been quoted as saying, “I knew that Carl may rock and in reality he advised me proper from the beginning that he had been taking part in that music earlier than Elvis got here out on document … I wished to see whether or not this was somebody who may revolutionize the nation finish of the enterprise.”[33]

Additionally within the autumn of 1955, Perkins wrote “Blue Suede Footwear”[7] after seeing a dancer get indignant together with his date for scuffing up his footwear.[34] A number of weeks later, on December 19, 1955, Perkins and his band recorded the track throughout a session at Solar Studio in Memphis. Phillips recommended modifications to the lyrics (“Go, cat, go”), and the band modified the top of the track to a “boogie vamp”.[35] Presley left Solar Data for RCA in November, and Perkins was left as the first rockabilly artist at Solar. In December that 12 months, Phillips advised him, “Carl Perkins, you are my rockabilly cat now.”[36] Launched on January 1, 1956, “Blue Suede Footwear” was a large chart success. In america, it reached no 1 on Billboard journal’s nation music chart (the one no 1 success he would have) and quantity 2 on the Billboard Finest Sellers common music chart. On March 17, Perkins grew to become the primary nation artist to achieve quantity 3 on the rhythm and blues charts.[35][37] That night time, Perkins carried out the track on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee, his tv debut (Presley carried out it for the second time that very same night time on CBS-TV’s Stage Present; he’d first sung it on this system on February 11).

In the UK, the track reached quantity 10 on the British charts. It was the primary document by a Solar artist to promote 1,000,000 copies. The B aspect, “Honey Do not”, was coated by The Beatles,[7] Wanda Jackson and (within the Seventies) T. Rex. John Lennon sang lead on the track when The Beatles carried out it, earlier than it was given to Ringo Starr to sing. Lennon additionally carried out the track on the Misplaced Lennon Tapes.[37]

Street crash

After taking part in a present in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 21, 1956, the Perkins Brothers Band headed to New York Metropolis for a March 24 look on NBC-TV’s Perry Como Present. Shortly earlier than dawn on March 22, on Route 13 between Dover and Woodside, Delaware, their automobile hit the again of a pickup truck and went right into a ditch containing a couple of foot of water. Holland needed to pull Perkins, unconscious, from the water. Perkins had sustained three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a extreme concussion, a damaged collar bone, and lacerations throughout his physique. Perkins remained unconscious for a complete day. The driving force of the pickup truck, Thomas Phillips, a 40-year-old farmer, died when he was thrown into the steering wheel.[38] Jay Perkins had a fractured neck and extreme inside accidents; problems from these accidents led to a mind tumor, and he died in 1958.[39][40]

On March 23, Elvis’s band members Invoice Black, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana visited Perkins on their strategy to New York to look with Presley. Fontana recalled Perkins saying, “You appeared like a bunch of angels coming to see me.”[41] Black advised him, “Hey man, Elvis sends his love”, and lit a cigarette for him, despite the fact that the affected person within the subsequent mattress was in an oxygen tent.[42] Presley additionally telegraphed Perkins his properly needs.[42]

“Blue Suede Footwear” had offered greater than 500,000 copies by March 22, and Sam Philips had deliberate to have fun by presenting Perkins with a gold document on The Perry Como Present.[43] Whereas Perkins recuperated from his accidents, “Blue Suede Footwear” reached no 1 on regional pop, R&B, and nation charts. It additionally reached quantity 2 on the Billboard pop and nation charts, beneath Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Lodge”. By mid-April, a couple of million copies of “Blue Suede Footwear” had been offered.[44] On April 3, whereas nonetheless recuperating in Jackson, Perkins watched Presley carry out “Blue Suede Footwear” on his first look on The Milton Berle Present, which was his third efficiency of the track on nationwide tv.[45][46]

Return to recording and touring

Perkins returned to reside performances on April 21, 1956, starting with an look in Beaumont, Texas, with the “Huge D Jamboree” tour.[47] Earlier than he resumed touring, Sam Phillips organized a recording session at Solar, with Ed Cisco filling in for the still-recuperating Jay. By mid-April, “Dixie Fried”, “Put Your Cat Garments On”, “Proper String, Fallacious Yo-Yo”, “You Cannot Make Like to Anyone”, “Everyone’s Making an attempt to Be My Child”, and “That Do not Transfer Me” had been recorded.[48]

Carl Perkins (2nd from left) performing “Glad All Over” with (left to proper) Clayton Perkins, W.S. “Fluke” Holland, and Jay Perkins within the film Jamboree

Starting early that summer time, Perkins was paid $1,000 to play simply two songs an evening on the prolonged tour of “High Stars of ’56”. Different performers on the tour had been Chuck Berry and Frankie Lymon and the Youngsters. When Perkins and the group entered the stage in Columbia, South Carolina, he was shocked to see a youngster with a bleeding chin pressed in opposition to the stage by the gang. Through the first guitar intermission of “Honey Do not” they had been waved offstage and right into a vacant dressing room behind a double line of cops. Appalled by what he had seen and skilled, Perkins left the tour.[49] Showing with Gene Vincent and Lillian Briggs in a “rock ‘n’ roll present”, he helped pull 39,872 individuals to the Studying Truthful in Pennsylvania on a Tuesday night time in late September. A full grandstand and one thousand individuals stood in a heavy rain to listen to Perkins and Briggs on the Brockton Truthful in Massachusetts.[50]

Solar issued extra Perkins songs in 1956: “Boppin’ the Blues”/”All Mama’s Kids” (Solar 243), the B aspect co-written with Johnny Money, and “Dixie Fried”/”I am Sorry, I am Not Sorry” (Solar 249). “Matchbox”/”Your True Love” (Solar 261)[51] got here out in February 1957.[30] “Boppin’ the Blues” reached quantity 47 on the Cashbox pop singles chart, quantity 9 on the Billboard nation and western chart, and quantity 70 on the Billboard High 100 chart.

“Matchbox” is taken into account a rockabilly traditional. It was recorded throughout an impromptu session with Perkins, Presley, Johnny Money, and Jerry Lee Lewis, informally known as the Million Greenback Quartet.[7] The complete recordings from this session, a number of gospel, nation, and R&B songs, had been launched in 1990.[2]

On February 2, 1957, Perkins once more appeared on Ozark Jubilee, singing “Matchbox” and “Blue Suede Footwear”. He additionally made at the least two appearances on City Corridor Celebration in Compton, California, in 1957,[52] singing each songs. These performances had been included within the Western Ranch Dance Celebration sequence filmed and distributed by Display Gems.

He launched “That is Proper”, co-written with Johnny Money, backed with the ballad “Perpetually Yours”, as Solar single 274 in August 1957. Neither aspect made it onto the charts.

The 1957 movie Jamboree included a Perkins efficiency of “Glad All Over”. The track, written by Aaron Schroeder, Sid Tepper, and Roy C. Bennett,[53] was launched by Solar in January 1958.[54]

Life after Solar

In 1958, Perkins moved to Columbia Data, for which he recorded “Jive After 5”, “Rockin’ Document Hop”, “Levi Jacket (And a Lengthy Tail Shirt)”, “Pop, Let Me Have the Automotive”, “Pink Pedal Pushers”, “Any Approach the Wind Blows”, “Hambone”, “Pointed Toe Footwear”, “Sister Tornado”, “L-O-V-E-V-I-L-L-E” and different songs.[30]

In 1959, he wrote the country-and-western track “The Ballad of Boot Hill” for Johnny Money, who recorded it on an EP for Columbia Data. In the identical 12 months, Perkins was solid in a Filipino film produced by Individuals’s Footage, Hawaiian Boy, during which he sang “Blue Suede Footwear”.[citation needed]

He carried out usually on the Golden Nugget On line casino in Las Vegas in 1962 and 1963. Throughout this time he toured 9 Midwestern states and made a tour in Germany.

In Could 1964, Perkins toured Britain with Chuck Berry.[55] Perkins had been reluctant to undertake the tour, satisfied that as forgotten as he was in America, he could be much more obscure within the U.Okay., and he didn’t need to be humiliated by drawing meager audiences. Berry assured him that that they had remained far more common in Britain for the reason that Fifties than that they had in america and that there could be massive crowds of followers at each present. The Animals backed the 2 performers. On the final night time of the tour, Perkins attended a celebration the place he sat on the ground sharing tales, taking part in guitar, and singing songs whereas surrounded by The Beatles. Ringo Starr requested if he may document “Honey Do not”. Perkins answered, “Man, go forward, have at it.”[56] The Beatles went on to document covers of “Matchbox”, “Honey Do not” and “Everyone’s Making an attempt to Be My Child” (recorded by Perkins, tailored from a track initially recorded by Rex Griffin in 1936, with new music by Perkins; a track with the identical title was recorded by Roy Newman in 1938). The Beatles recorded two variations of “Glad All Over” in 1963.[57] One other tour to Germany adopted within the autumn.

He launched “Huge Unhealthy Blues” backed with “Lonely Coronary heart” as a single on Brunswick Data with the Nashville Teenagers in June 1964.[58]

In 1966, Perkins signed with Dollie Data and launched as his first single “Nation Boy’s Dream” which reached #22 within the nation charts.

Whereas on tour with the Johnny Money troupe in 1968, Perkins went on a four-day ingesting binge that led to him hallucinating floridly and passing out. When he regained consciousness, he went out to the seaside together with his final bottle of alcohol. In his autobiography, he described falling to his knees and declaring, “Lord, … I am gonna throw this bottle. I am gonna present You that I imagine in you,” earlier than hurling the bottle into the ocean and vowing to stay sober. Perkins and Money, who had his personal substance-abuse points, supported one another of their bid to stay sober.[59]

In 1968, Money recorded the Perkins-written “Daddy Sang Bass” (which contains components of the American commonplace “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”) and scored No. 1 on the nation music charts for six weeks. “Daddy Sang Bass” was a Nation Music Affiliation nominee for Music of the 12 months. Perkins additionally performed lead guitar on Money’s single “A Boy Named Sue”, recorded reside at San Quentin jail, which went to No. 1 for 5 weeks on the nation chart and No. 2 on the pop chart (the efficiency was additionally filmed by Granada Tv for broadcast). Perkins spent a decade in Money’s touring revue, usually as a gap act for Money (as on the Folsom and San Quentin jail concert events, at which he was recorded singing “Blue Suede Footwear” and “Matchbox” earlier than Money took the stage; these performances weren’t launched till the 2000s). He additionally appeared on the tv sequenceThe Johnny Money Present.

On the tv program Kraft Music Corridor on April 16, 1969, hosted by Money, Perkins carried out his track “Stressed”.[60][61]

Perkins and Bob Dylan wrote “Champaign, Illinois” in 1969. Dylan was recording in Nashville from February 12 to February 21 for his album Nashville Skyline. He met Perkins when he appeared on The Johnny Money Present on June 7.[62] Dylan had author’s block and was unable to finish the track till Perkins contributed a rhythm and a few lyrics, upon which Dylan mentioned to him, “Your track. Take it. End it.”[63] The co-authored track was included on Perkins’s 1969 album On High.[64][65]

Perkins was additionally united in 1969 by Columbia’s Murray Krugman with a rockabilly group primarily based in New York’s Hudson Valley, the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. Perkins and NRBQ recorded Boppin’ the Blues, which featured the group backing him on songs together with his staples “Flip Round” and “Boppin’ the Blues” and included songs recorded individually by Perkins and NRBQ.[66] One in all his TV appearances with Money was on the favored nation sequence Hee Haw, on February 16, 1974.

Tommy Money (brother of Johnny Money) had a High Ten nation gospel hit in 1970 with a recording of the track “Rise and Shine”, written by Perkins. It reached quantity 9 on the Billboard nation chart and quantity 8 on the Canadian nation chart. Arlene Harden had a High 40 nation hit in 1971 with the Perkins composition “True Love Is Larger Than Friendship”, from the movie Little Fauss and Huge Halsy (1971), which reached quantity 22 on the Billboard nation chart and quantity 33 on the Billboard Grownup Up to date chart for Al Martino that very same 12 months.

After a protracted authorized wrestle with Sam Phillips over royalties, Perkins gained possession of his songs within the Seventies.[67]

Later years

The rockabilly revival of the Nineteen Eighties helped convey Perkins again into the limelight. In 1981 Perkins recorded the track “Get It” with Paul McCartney, offering vocals and taking part in guitar with the previous Beatle; in keeping with one supply, he absolutely co-wrote the track with McCartney.[68] This recording was included on the chart-topping album Tug of Struggle, launched in 1982.[69] Throughout 1985, he re-recorded “Blue Suede Footwear” with Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, as a part of the soundtrack for the movie Porky’s Revenge.

In October 1985, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, Lee Rocker, Rosanne Money and Ringo Starr appeared with him on stage for a tv particular, Blue Suede Footwear: A Rockabilly Session, which was taped reside on the Limehouse Studios in London. The present was proven on Channel 4 on January 1, 1986. Perkins carried out 16 songs, with two encores, in a unprecedented efficiency. He and his mates ended the session by singing his most well-known track, 30 years after its writing, which introduced Perkins to tears. The live performance particular was a spotlight of his later profession and has been praised by followers for the spirited performances delivered by Perkins and his friends. The live performance was launched for DVD by Snapper Music in 2006.[70]

Perkins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 1985. Wider recognition of his contribution to music got here together with his induction into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1987. “Blue Suede Footwear” was chosen as one of many Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame’s “500 Songs That Formed Rock and Roll”. The track additionally obtained a Grammy Corridor of Fame Award. Perkins was inducted into the Rockabilly Corridor of Fame in recognition of his pioneering contribution to the style.

Perkins’s solely notable movie efficiency as an actor was in John Landis’s 1985 movie Into the Evening, a cameo-laden movie that features a scene during which characters performed by Perkins and David Bowie die by one another’s hand.[71]

Perkins returned to the Solar Studio in Memphis in 1986, becoming a member of Money, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison on the album Class of ’55. The document was a tribute to their early years at Solar and, particularly, the Million Greenback Quartet jam session involving Perkins, Presley, Money, and Lewis in 1956.

In 1989, Perkins co-wrote and performed guitar on the Judds’ no 1 nation hit, “Let Me Inform You About Love”. Additionally in that 12 months, he signed a document cope with Platinum Data for the album Associates, Household, and Legends, that includes performances by Chet Atkins, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, Joan Jett and Charlie Daniels, together with Paul Shaffer and Will Lee. Through the manufacturing of this album, Perkins developed throat most cancers.

He once more returned to Solar Studio to document with Scotty Moore, Presley’s first guitar participant, for the album 706 ReUNION, launched by Belle Meade Data, which additionally featured D. J. Fontana, Marcus Van Storey and the Jordanaires. In 1993, Perkins carried out with the Kentucky Headhunters in a music video remake of his track “Dixie Fried”, filmed in Glasgow, Kentucky. In 1994, he teamed up with Duane Eddy and the Mavericks to contribute “Matchbox” to the AIDS profit album Crimson Sizzling + Nation, produced by the Crimson Sizzling Group.

His final album, Go Cat Go!, launched by the unbiased label Dinosaur Data in 1996, options Perkins singing duets with Bono, Johnny Money, John Fogerty, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and Ringo Starr.[72][73]

His final main live performance efficiency was the Music for Montserrat all-star charity live performance at London’s Royal Albert Corridor on September 15, 1997, 4 months earlier than his demise.

Private life

A robust advocate for the prevention of kid abuse, Perkins labored with the Jackson Alternate Membership to determine the primary heart for the prevention of kid abuse in Tennessee and the fourth within the nation. Proceeds from a live performance deliberate by Perkins had been mixed with a grant from the Nationwide Alternate Membership to determine the Prevention of Baby Abuse in October 1981. For years its annual Circle of Hope Telethon generated one quarter of the middle’s annual working finances.[74]

Perkins had one daughter, Debbie, and three sons, Stan, Greg, and Steve.

Stan, his first-born son, can be a recording artist. In 2010, he joined forces with Jerry Naylor to document a duet tribute, “To Carl: Let it Vibrate”. Stan has been inducted into the Rockabilly Corridor of Fame.

Perkins died on January 19, 1998, on the age of 65 at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, from throat most cancers. He had suffered a number of minor strokes the earlier month. Among the many mourners at his funeral at Lambuth College had been George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Nashville agent Jim Dallas Crouch, Johnny Money and June Carter Money. Perkins was interred at Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson.

Perkins’s widow, Valda deVere Perkins, died on November 15, 2005, in Jackson.

Guitar model

As a guitarist Perkins used finger selecting, imitations of the pedal metal guitar, palm muting, arpeggios, advantageous use of open strings, single and double string bending, chromaticism, nation and blues licks, and tritone and different tonality clashing licks (brief phrases that embody notes from different keys and transfer in logical, usually symmetric patterns).[75] A wealthy vocabulary of chords together with sixth and thirteenth chords, ninth and add 9 chords, and suspensions, present up in rhythm components and solos. Free use of syncopations, chord anticipations (arriving at a chord change earlier than the opposite gamers, usually by an eighth-note) and crosspicking (repeating a 3 eighth-note sample in order that an accent falls variously on the upbeat or downbeat) had been additionally in his bag of tips.[76]


Historic marker commemorating Perkins alongside different well-known friends

Continuation of the historic placard in tribute to Perkins

Perkins wrote his autobiography, Go, Cat, Go, printed in 1996, in collaboration with music author David McGee in 1996. Plans for a biographical movie had been introduced by Santa Monica-based manufacturing firm Fastlane Leisure.[77][78] was slated for launch in 2009.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Perkins quantity 99 on its listing of the 100 Biggest Artists of All Time.[79]

Lots of The Beatles’ reside exhibits had been stuffed with Rock ‘N’ Roll covers of Carl Perkins’s songs comparable to ‘Everyone’s Making an attempt To Be My Child’, ‘Matchbox’ and ‘Honey Do not’.

His model of “Blue Suede Footwear” was included by the Nationwide Recording Preservation Board within the Nationwide Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006.[80]

The Perkins household nonetheless owns his songs.[67]

Drive-By Truckers, on their album The Soiled South, recorded a track about him, “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac”.
The Carl Perkins Enviornment in Jackson, Tennessee, is called in his honor.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers coated “Dixie Fried” on their 1985 album Maverick. The Kentucky Headhunters additionally coated the track, as did Keith de Groot on his 1968 album No Introduction Needed, with Jimmy Web page on lead guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.[81]

Ricky Nelson coated Perkins’s “Boppin’ the Blues” and “Your True Love” on his 1957 debut album, Ricky.

Perkins was portrayed by Johnny “Child Memphis” Vacation within the 2005 Johnny Money biopic Stroll the Line.

Perkins was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement” award throughout the Tennessee Music Awards occasion in 2018 on the College of Memphis Lambuth in Jackson, Tennessee.


The next recording by Carl Perkins was inducted into the Grammy Corridor of Fame, which is a particular Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings which might be at the least 25 years outdated and which have “qualitative or historic significance”.

Carl Perkins: Grammy Corridor of Fame Awards[82]
12 months Launched Title Style Label 12 months Inducted Notes
1956 “Blue Suede Footwear” Rock and Roll (single) Solar Data 1986


Studio albums

  • Dance Album (1957)
  • Entire Lotta Shakin’ (1958)
  • Nation Boy’s Dream (1967)
  • On High (Columbia, 1969)
  • My Type of Nation (Mercury, 1973)
  • Ol’ Blue Suede’s Again (1978)
  • Nation Soul (1979)
  • Disciple in Blue Suede Footwear (1984)
  • Born to Rock (1989)
  • Associates, Household & Legends (1992)

Collaborative albums

  • Boppin’ the Blues (1970, with NRBQ)
  • The Survivors (1982, with Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Money)
  • Class of ’55 (1986, with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Money)
  • The Million Greenback Quartet (1990, with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Money)
  • 706 Re-Union (1990, with Scotty Moore)
  • Carl Perkins & Sons (1993, together with his sons Greg and Stan)
  • Go Cat Go! (1996, with varied visitor stars)

Reside albums

  • The Carl Perkins Present (1976)
  • Reside at Austin Metropolis Limits (1981)
  • The Silver Eagle Cross Nation: Carl Perkins Reside (1997)
  • Reside at Gilley’s (1999)
  • Reside (2000)
  • Blue Suede Footwear: A Rockabilly Session (2006)

Spiritual albums

  • Rock ‘N Gospel (1979)
  • Cane Creek Glory Church (1979)
  • Gospel (1984)

Chosen compilations

  • Carl Perkins’ Biggest Hits (1969, re-recordings)
  • Authentic Golden Hits (1969)
  • Mr. Nation Rock (Demand, 1977)
  • That Rockin’ Guitar Man (1981)
  • Presenting Carl Perkins (Accord, 1982)
  • Each Street (Joker, 1982)
  • Goin’ Again to Memphis (Joker, 1982)
  • Boppin’ the New Bleus (1982)
  • Born to Boogie (O’Hara Data, 1982)
  • This Ole Home (1982)
  • Presenting (1982)
  • The Coronary heart and Soul of Carl Perkins (Allegiance, 1983)
  • Carl Perkins (Dot, 1985)
  • Authentic Solar Biggest Hits (1986)
  • Up Via the Years 1954–57 (1986)
  • Nation Boy’s Dream – The Dollie Masters (Bear Household, 1991)
  • Take Me Again (1993)
  • Again on High – (Bear Household, 2000; 4 CDs, comprising 1968–1975)

Visitor appearances

  • Judds: Biggest Hits Quantity II (1991)
  • Philip Claypool: Excellent World (1999)

Charted albums

12 months Album Peak positions Label
US Nation
1969 Carl Perkins’ Biggest Hits (re-recordings) 32 Columbia
On High 42
Authentic Golden Hits 43 Solar
1973 My Type of Nation 48 Mercury
1982 The Survivors Reside
(with Johnny Money and Jerry Lee Lewis)
21 Columbia
1986 Class of ’55
(with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Money)
15 America/Mercury

Charted singles

12 months Single Peak chart positions Album
US Nation US CAN Nation
1956 “Blue Suede Footwear” 1 2 Dance Album of … Carl Perkins
“Boppin’ the Blues” 7 70
“Dixie Fried” 10 Authentic Golden Hits
“I am Sorry, I am Not Sorry” flip Blue Suede Footwear
1957 “Your True Love” 13 67 Dance Album of … Carl Perkins
1958 “Pink Pedal Pushers” 17 91 The King of Rock
1959 “Pointed Toe Footwear” 93
1966 “Nation Boy’s Dream” 22 Nation Boy’s Dream
1967 “Shine, Shine, Shine” 40
1969 “Stressed” 20 Carl Perkins’ Biggest Hits
1971 “Me With out You” 65 The Man Behind Johnny Money
“Cotton High” 53
1972 “Excessive on Love” 60 Single solely
1973 “(Let’s Get) Dixiefried” (1973 model) 61 My Type of Nation
1986 “Beginning of Rock and Roll” 31 44 Class of ’55
1987 “Class of ’55” 83
1989 “Charlene” 74 Born to Rock

Billboard 12 months-Finish performances

12 months Music 12 months-Finish
1956 “Blue Suede Footwear” 18


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