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
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||114896[a]||5/22/1964||Your true love||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||114897||5/22/1964||Big bad blues||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||114898||5/22/1964||Say when||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||114899||5/22/1964||Blue suede shoes||Carl Perkins||vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||114900||5/22/1964||Lonely heart||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||114901||5/22/1964||A love I'll never win||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12606||8/15/1963||After sundown||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12607||8/15/1963||For a little while||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|Decca||NA 12608||8/15/1963||I wouldn't have told you||Carl Perkins||instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Perkins, Carl," accessed April 10, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207838.
Perkins, Carl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 10, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207838.
"Perkins, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 10 April 2021.
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