Carl Perkins

American recording artist; rockabilly musician, songwriter

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. His best known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". He won a Grammy Award in 1987.

Carl Perkins
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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.
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly, country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1946–1998
LabelsSun, Columbia, Mercury
Associated actsPerkins Brothers Band
Johnny Cash
Elvis Presley
Jerry Lee Lewis

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]


  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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