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Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins
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Affectionately known as the "King of Rockabilly," Carl Perkins was one of the most notable performers of the genre in the 1950s, known best for penning the rock and roll classic "Blue Suede Shoes." Perkins grew up in Tennessee, where radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry initially inspired his interest in music. His country style early on eventually began to blend with the rhythm and blues music that was becoming popular throughout the US, and soon, he was on his way to penning songs that would define the rockabilly sound. Alongside contemporaries like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, Perkins recorded several now legendary tracks at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was there that he recorded "Blue Suede Shoes," a song that would ultimately become popularized by Presley in 1956, the same year Perkins narrowly avoided death after a terrible car accident. He soon returned to touring and recording, and his influence on rock and roll wound up being cited by the likes of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix in the coming years. He died in 1998 at the age of 65.
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