Carl Lee Perkins (* 9. April 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA – † 19. January 1998 in Jackson, Tennessee) was an American musician and is considered as a pioneer of rockabilly. He was married to Valda Crider Perkins and had three sons and a daughter with her.
Carl Perkins parents were Fiabon Perkins and Louise Brantley Perkins. He had two brothers: Jay B. and clayton. His father worked on a leased cotton farm that fed the family more badly as pretty. Perkins grew up in the small town of Tiptonville in the northwest Tennessee. His earliest musical influences belonged Gospel music sung by black workers on the cotton fields. His first guitar got Carl Perkins when he was seven years old. The instrument had built his father from a cigar box, a broomstick and wire.
In 1950, the family moved to Jackson, Tennessee. There Carl Perkins founded a group of Jay and Clayton with his brothers Jay and Clayton, who called the Perkins Brothers. Carl played electric guitar and took the majority of the singing, Jay played acoustic rhythm guitar and Clayton took over the bass. W. B. Holland supplemented the group on the drums. They played in local clubs and had some radio appearances at the local station WDXT. To secure the livelihood, Carl Perkins worked in a local bakery as a baker.
On the 24th. January 1953 Perkins married his girlfriend Valda Crider.
On the 25th. January 1955 Carl Perkins signed a disk contract at Flip Records, an underlay of Sun Records in Memphis. His first publication was Movie Magg, a piece he had already composed at the age of 14 years. The plate sold moderately, but opened him the opportunity to occur in the pre-program at concerts of Elvis Presley. Sam Phillips believed he could make a rockabilly star with the right title from Perkins.
This title was Blue Suede Shoes. The piece arose according to Perkins after an appearance in Parkin, Arkansas as he was on tour with Presley and Johnny Cash. Perkins heard someone in the dance hall warned his dance partner to come to close his new blue suede shoes.
Blue Suede Shoes was taken in December 1955 and appeared on the 1. January 1956 on the Sun label. It took something, but after some promotional performances, the plate sold millions of times. Tragically, Perkins had a heavy car accident, in which he suffered a skull and a crossbreak. Instead of being able to use the favor of the success of Blue Suede Shoes for terminals, he spent the time in the hospital. At that time, Perkins began to drink excessively alcohol. According to his own statements, his alcohol addiction struggled until 1967.
Perkins Pech was complete as Elvis Presley took his own very successful version of Blue Suede Shoes. You can say that the fabulous climb Presleys contributed that Carl Perkins never succeeded in the top.
Perkins later said in an interview: "I What Bucking a Good-Looking Cat Called Elvis Who Had Beautiful Hair, Wassn’t Married, And Had All Childs of Great Moves."
During his long career, Perkins took numerous singles and albums. He also wrote some of the classics of Rock’n’Roll and the Country music.
The Beatles were great admirers of Perkins, which showed himself in the cover versions that they shot from his pieces (Matchbox, Honey Don’t and Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby).
That the respect was quite each other, this statement shows the Carl Perkins to the cover versions of the Beatles: "They Put a nice suit on rockabilly. They Never Really Strayed from the Simplicity of It. They just beautified it."
The appreciation also fell in Perkins cooperation with Paul McCartney. On the 1982 album Tug of War there is the duet get it with Perkins, who also played guitar.
In 1985, there was a special concert in London: For a TV special, Carl Perkins opened with very illustrious colleagues in a Rockabilly session. Here were u.a. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds and Rosanne Cash, as well as Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker from the Stray Cats.
One year later, Perkins took the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with the old companions Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison the album Class of ’55. The plate was a tribute to her early years at the Sun label and partly the repetition of an informal JAM session, with Presley, Cash and Lewis on 4. December 1956 had taken place.
In 1987, Perkins’ deserved the rock music with his admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carl Perkins died in 1998 to the consequences of several sounds he had previously suffered, at the age of 65 years. His tomb is located on the Ridgecrest cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee.