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Carl Perkins

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, beginning in 1954. Amongst his best-known songs are "Blue Suede Shoes", "Matchbox" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby".

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's songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton which further established his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney 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 Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 9th, 1932 (Tiptonville), Died January 19th, 1998 (Jackson)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1963 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 114896[a] 5/22/1964 Your true love Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114897 5/22/1964 Big bad blues Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114898 5/22/1964 Say when Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114899 5/22/1964 Blue suede shoes Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114900 5/22/1964 Lonely heart Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 114901 5/22/1964 A love I'll never win Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 12606 8/15/1963 After sundown Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 12607 8/15/1963 For a little while Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 12608 8/15/1963 I wouldn't have told you Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 12609 8/15/1963 Help me find my baby Carl Perkins vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca NA 13096 10/8/1964 Let my baby be Carl Perkins vocalist  
Decca NA 13097 10/8/1964 The monkey shine Carl Perkins vocalist  
Decca NA 13098 10/8/1964 Mama of my song Carl Perkins vocalist  
Decca NA 13099 10/8/1964 One of these days Carl Perkins vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Perkins, Carl," accessed November 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207838.

Perkins, Carl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207838.

"Perkins, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 November 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207838

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