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Carl Perkins


  • Carl Perkins's song Blue Suede Shoes is ranked #78 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.
  • Perkins' last name was misspelled as "Perkings" on his birth certificate.
  • When Perkins first got married, he and his wife lived in a government housing project in Jackson, TN, and he worked in a bakery to make ends meet.
  • Perkins had an older brother named Jay and a younger brother named Clayton. They played in his first band. Tragically, both brothers would die young.
  • Perkins was the son of Buck and Louise Perkins.
  • Perkins battled alcholism for a long time but stopped drinking in 1967 when he threw his final bottle of whiskey into the Pacific Ocean.
  • Perkins' version of Blue Suede Shoes sold more records than Elvis Presley's version of the song.
  • In 1956, Perkins was involved in a near fatal car accident outside of Dover, DE while traveling to New York to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Perkins was portrayed by Johnny Holiday in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.
  • Perkins was married to Valda Crider from 1953 until his death. The couple had three sons and one daughter.
  • Perkins was 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
  • Perkins was voted 69th greatest rock and roll artist of all-time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
  • Perkins is interred in Ridgecrest Cemetary in Jackson, TN.
  • Perkins' final album was Go Cat Go! released in 1996.
  • In 1987, Perkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • In 1989, Perkins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Perkins was part of the Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Records with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.
  • Perkins spent ten years in the late 60's and early 70's playing guitar in Johnny Cash's band before deciding to try to re-ignite his solo career.
  • Perkins wrote Daddy Sang Bass which became a number one hit on the country charts for Johnny Cash.
  • The Beatles recorded three songs written by Perkins: Matchbox, Honey Don't, and Everybody's Tryin' to Be My Baby.
  • Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes was the first record by a Sun Records artist to sell a million copies.
  • Blue Suede Shoes was the only number one hit single Perkins ever had.
  • Perkins wrote his most famous song Blue Suede Shoes on an old potato sack.
  • At age 13 Perkins won a talent contest singing a song he wrote called Movie Magg. This would later be the first song he recorded for Sun Records.
  • At age 7 Perkins began playing a guitar his father fashioned from a cigar box, a broomstick, and bailing wire.
  • Perkins' family were tenant farmers.

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