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Carl Perkins


1932

Carl Perkins is born near Tiptonville, Tennessee.

1954

Carl Perkins auditions for Sam Phillips of Sun Records and is signed to the label in October.

1955

Carl Perkins’ first single - “Movie Magg” b/w “Turn Around” - is released on Flip Records, a Sun subsidiary.

1955

Carl Perkins records “Blue Suede Shoes,” an original song based on a real-life scenario, at Sun Studio.

1956

Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” holds down the #2 spot on Billboard’s Juke Box chart for the first of four weeks. It tops the country chart, too.

1956

While en route to New York for TV appearances, Carl Perkins is in a serious auto accident, sending him and his brother Jay to the hospital.

1957

Carl Perkins cuts his last sides - “Glad All Over” and “Right String Baby (But the Wrong Yo-Yo)” - for Sun Records.

1958

Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records upon the expiration of his contract.

1968

“Daddy Sang Bass,” a song written by Carl Perkins for Johnny Cash, enters the country chart, where it will peak at #1 for six weeks and become a staple of Cash’s repertoire.

1969

Carl Perkins and NRBQ record an album together entitled Boppin’ the Blues.

1979

Ol’ Blue Suede’s Back, by Carl Perkins, is released on Jet Records. The album returns him to his rocking roots.

1980

Carl Perkins performs a sizzling, hour-long set on PBS’ Austin City Limits.

1982

Carl Perkins sings and plays on “Git It,” a track from Paul McCartney’s chart-topping Tug of War.

1985

Carl Perkins is joined on a London soundstage by such admirers as George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Dave Edmunds for the Cinemax special Blue Suede Shoes

1986

Class of ’55, an album that brings together Sun Records alumni Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, is released. It will peak at #86, marking Perkins’ one and only showing on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

1987

Carl Perkins is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual induction dinner. Sam Phillips is his presenter.

1989

Born to Rock, by Carl Perkins, is released on Universal Records. On it he is joined by the Jordanaires, who’d provided backup vocals for Elvis Presley and others.

1995

Carl Perkins’ autobiography, Go, Cat, Go!, is published and a comeback album of the same title is released.

1998

Carl Perkins dies of a stroke.

Carl Perkins