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About Carl Perkins


Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins

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Some think Carl Perkins was done out of his rightful position as one of the king of rock-n-roll when Elvis took "Blue Suede Shoes" up the charts, but friends said his being sidelined at a crucial point in his career by a bad car accident, less than a year after his initial release of "Blue Suede Shoes," was what really put him out of the race. Still, even though Perkins wasn't crowned king of rock-and-roll, his position in the pantheon is absolutely undeniable. He was one of the magnificent talents that came out of Sun Records in the mid-50's, along with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. As a rockabilly singer and songwriter he was absolutely unmatched, turning out remarkable hits such as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Honey Don't," and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" (the latter two were covered by The Beatles, who were greatly influenced by Perkins). He was a tremendous guitar player, as well, playing backup on occasion for Johnny Cash when he was part of the regular Cash show (he toured with Cash for most of the 60's). He recorded for five decades and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. His last album, Go Cat Go! was released in 1996, and featured many of his old friends, as well as folks like Paul Simon and Bono. Perkins passed away in 1998 after a bout with throat cancer and suffering several strokes.

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