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"Blue Suede Shoes" at Sixty: Remembering Carl Perkins
A celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the creation and first recording of the rockabilly classic “Blue Suede Shoes” by legend Carl Perkins.
This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the creation and first recording of the rockabilly classic “Blue Suede Shoes” by legend Carl Perkins. In 1956, “Blue Suede Shoes” set sales records for Sam Phillips’s Sun label just weeks after Elvis Presley left Sun for RCA. The recording achieved the rare distinction of climbing the national charts in three genres: pop, country, and R&B. “Blue Suede Shoes” is in the Grammy Hall of Fame; Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Songs of All Time”; and the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. This celebration of Perkins’s signature song—and his influential career—takes place on his birthday. A panel discussion about Perkins will include his son Stan Perkins (Carl’s longtime drummer), close friend Naomi Judd (of the Judds, for whom Perkins wrote the #1 hit “Let Me Tell You About Love”); David McGee (co-author of Go, Cat, Go!: The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, the King of Rockabilly); Peter Guralnick (author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll), and moderator Mark Crawford (Coordinator, Commercial Music at Tennessee State University). Chuck Mead (founding member of BR5-49 and music director for the stage musical Million Dollar Quartet) will perform a brief set of music. The event will be streamed live at www.countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. Presented in support of the museum’s exhibition Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips.