Carl Perkins

American guitarist

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. He is referred to as the King of Rockabilly, and his best known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". He won a Grammy Award in 1987.

Carl Perkins
Background information
Birth nameCarl Lee Perkins
Born(1932-04-09)April 9, 1932
Tiptonville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedJanuary 19, 1998(1998-01-19) (aged 65)
Jackson, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresRockabilly, rock and roll, country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1946–1998
LabelsSun, Columbia, Mercury

Perkins was born on April 9, 1932, in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He was married to Valda deVere until his death in 1998. They had one daughter and three sons. Perkins died on January 19, 1998, from complication of a series of strokes and throat cancer in Jackson, Tennessee, aged 65.[1]

Discography change

Studio albums
  • Dance Album (1957)
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' (1958)
  • Country Boy's Dream (1967)
  • On Top (Columbia, 1969)
  • My Kind of Country (Mercury, 1973)
  • Ol' Blue Suede's Back (1978)
  • Country Soul (1979)
  • Disciple in Blue Suede Shoes (1984)
  • Born to Rock (1989)
  • Friends, Family & Legends (1992)

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References change

  1. Pareles, Jon (20 January 1998). "Carl Perkins Dies at 65; Rockabilly Pioneer Wrote 'Blue Suede Shoes'". The New York Times. p. B12. Retrieved 4 December 2009.

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