Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins

About Carl Perkins

One of the quintessential rockabilly performers, Carl Perkins was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter whose humble sharecropping roots informed his twangy, boogie rhythm style and innovative blend of country and R&B. Along with Elvis Presley, Perkins helped define the early rockabilly sound and put Memphis' Sun Records on the map in the process with classic songs like "Blue Suede Shoes," "Matchbox," and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby." While slow to gain the pop culture status of his peers, he enjoyed extended revivals from the '60s onward, touring with Chuck Berry and influencing the work of countless artists like the Beatles, Brian Setzer, U2, and more. Prior to his death in 1998, Perkins was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and saw his landmark 1955 recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

  • HOMETOWN
    Tiptonville, TN
  • BORN
    April 9, 1932

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