April 9: Carl Perkins Birthday

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 He really stood for freedom. That whole sound stood for all degrees of freedom. It would just jump off the turntable… we wanted to go where that was happening.
~Bob Dylan (note on the flower arrangement sent by Dylan @ Carl Perkins’ funeral service – January 23, 1998)

Paul McCartney with Carl Perkins: My Old Friend [Rare documentary] 1993 (45min):

Carl Perkins #2

Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show
Three to get ready now go cat go
But don’t you, step on my blue suede shoes
You Can do anything
But lay off of my blue suede shoes
~Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes)

A nice tribute video from youtube:

Birth name Carl Lee Perkins
Born April 9, 1932
Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA
Died January 19, 1998 (aged 65)
Jackson, Tennessee
Genres Rock and roll, rockabilly, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1946–1998
Labels Sun, Columbia, Mercury
Associated acts Perkins Brothers Band
Johnny Cash
Elvis Presley
Jerry Lee Lewis

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best known song is “Blue Suede Shoes”.

According to Charlie Daniels, “Carl Perkins’ songs personified the rockabilly era, and Carl Perkins’ sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it, because he never changed.” Perkins’ songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which further cemented his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney even claimed that “If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles”.

Called “the King of Rockabilly”, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.

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Dixie Fried (live 1957)


  • During 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Perkins number 99 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • His version of “Blue Suede Shoes” was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2006.
  • The Perkins family still owns his songs, which are administered by former Beatle Paul McCartney’s company MPL Communications.
  • Drive-By Truckers, on their album The Dirty South, recorded “Carl Perkins’s Cadillac” that has a history of the artist and his relationships.
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers covered “Dixie Fried” on their 1985 album, Maverick.
  • The Kentucky Headhunters also covered the song as did Keith de Groot on a 1968 album entitled No Introduction Necessary that featured Jimmy Page on lead guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.
  • Ricky Nelson covered Perkins’s “Boppin’ The Blues” and “Your True Love” on his 1957 debut album Ricky.




Playlist of the day

Other April-09:

  • Bob Dylan released “Nashville Skyline” in 1969.
    separate post -> Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline
  • Revival is the first album by Gillian Welch, released in 1996.
    Released April 9, 1996 (US)
    Recorded Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA
    Genre country, folk, bluegrass
    Length 41:21
    Label Almo Sounds
    Producer T Bone Burnett

    gillian welch revival

  • Philip David Ochs (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime.phil ochs