Carl Perkins (American pioneer of rockabilly music)

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Legal name: Carl Lee Perkins


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 in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes".

According to Charlie Daniels, "Carl Perkins' songs personified the rockabilly era, and Carl Perkins' sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it, because he never changed." Perkins' songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which further cemented his place in the history of popular music. Paul McCartney even claimed that "if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles."

Called "the King of Rockabilly", he was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Dance Album of... Carl Perkins 2
1966 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Carl Perkins 3
1970 Boppin' The Blues Carl Perkins and NRBQ 1
1973 My Kind of Country Carl Perkins 1
1978 Ol' Blue Suede's Back: Carl Perkins' Tribute to Rock and Roll Carl Perkins 2
1982 Every Road, Volume 1 Carl Perkins 1
1986 Class of '55: Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison & Johnny Cash 5
1989 Born to Rock Carl Perkins 3
1992 706 ReUnion: A Sentimental Journey Carl Perkins & Scotty Moore 1
1992 Friends, Family & Legends Carl Perkins 1
1992 Restless: The Columbia Recordings Carl Perkins 2
1995 Country Soul Carl Perkins 1
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 1
2002 Jet Propelled: The 1978 Comeback Carl Perkins 2
A Rockabilly Session Carl Perkins 1
Country Soul Carl Perkins 1
Greatest Hits Carl Perkins 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Rocking Guitarman Carl Perkins 1
1982 The Sun Years Carl Perkins 1
1986 Original Sun Greatest Hits Carl Perkins 1
1986 Up Through the Years 1954-57 Carl Perkins 1
1987 The Best of Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1
1987 The Greatest Hits of Rock 'n' Roll Carl Perkins 2
1988 Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins 2
1988 Rock 'n' Roll Superhits Carl Perkins 1
1990 The Classic Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1
1990 Jive After Five: The Best of Carl Perkins (1958-1978) Carl Perkins 1
1992 The Rockin' Guitar Man Carl Perkins 3
1997 Rare Tracks Carl Perkins 1
1997 The Unissued Carl Perkins 1
1999 Best of Sun Years Carl Perkins 1
1999 The Essential Sun Collection Carl Perkins 1
2000 Carl Perkins: The Complete Sun Singles Carl Perkins 1
2000 Back on Top Carl Perkins 1
2000 Best of the Sun Sessions Carl Perkins 1
2004 Carl Perkins (Orby Records Spotlights) Carl Perkins 1
2004 Dance Album of Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1
2005 Carl Rocks Carl Perkins 1
2005 Honky Tonk Babe Carl Perkins 1
2006 Tennessee Bop Carl Perkins 1
2006 Golden Legends Carl Perkins 1
2008 Rock 'n' Roll Legend Carl Perkins 1
2012 The Sun Era Outtakes Carl Perkins 1
Best Of Carl Perkins 1
Blue Suede Shoes - His Greatest Hits Carl Perkins 1
Carl Perkins Gold Carl Perkins 1
Rock 'n' Roll Greats Carl Perkins 1
Sunstroke! 12 Great Classics of Country Rock Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins 1
The Country Store Collection Carl Perkins 1
The Sun Years: The Definitive Rock'n Roll and Country Recordings 1954 to 1957 Carl Perkins 1

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