Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins was an original 50’s “Rockabilly” artist whose country-fused-with-blues songs left a lasting impression on rock. On December 19th of 1955 Perkins cut the classic “Blue Suede Shoes” in Sam Phillips legendary “Sun Studios” in Memphis, Tennessee. He was on his way to becoming a superstar when he was critically injured in an auto accident. (His brother was killed in the accident). While he was recovering Elvis Presley’s cover version of “Blue Suede Shoes” became a bigger hit than Carl’s version. He went on to write and record a number of classic tunes but never seemed to get the recognition he deserved. His songs became a vehicle for Ringo Starr’s customary one lead vocal track per Beatles album formula. The Beatles covered Perkin’s “Honey Don’t”,”Everybody’s Tryin’ To Be My Baby” and “Matchbox” with Ringo at the lead vocal helm. In 1996 his autobiography “Go Cat Go!” was released. After a series of strokes he passed away on January 19th, 1998 at the age of 65

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