Singer, songwriter Carl Perkins
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Guitarist
birth name: Carl Lee Perkins

Carl Perkins

April 9, 1932, Tiptonville, TN ~ January 19, 1998, Nashville, TN

Perkins was at the height of his career when tragedy struck. He and his group were driving to New York to appear on Perry Como's television program when their driver fell asleep at the wheel, causing the car to hit the back of a truck before plunging into water. The driver was killed, and Carl and his brother Jay were seriously injured. Although Perkins was back on the road in about a month, Jay never fully recovered and was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which he died in 1958. Years later, Perkins admitted that he used his brother's death as a reason to drink. A quiet, self-effacing man, Perkins later observed, “I felt out of place when ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was Number One. I stood on the Steel Pier in 1956 in Atlantic City… and the Goodyear blimp flew over with my name in big lights. And I stood there and shook and actually cried. That should have been something that would elevate a guy to say: ‘Well, I've made it.’ But it put fear in me.” ~ Rolling Stone: Carl Perkins ~ retrieved January 17, 2014 © Rolling Stone

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Carl Perkins ~ Inducted in the 1985 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Carl Perkins ~ Blue Suede Shoes (Perkins) ~ Ranked #78 RIAA Top 365 Songs Of The Century in 2001.

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