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Carl Perkins is a Rock and Country Icon who rose to fame via his album Dance Album.
Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 at Tiptonville, Tennessee to Fonie Perkins and Louise Brantley Perkins who were both work as sharecroppers. At the age of six, Carl already work in the fields where he also heard gospel songs. After World War II the Perkins family moved to Bemis, Tennessee, where he and his brothers picked cotton. By that time his father was unable to work due to a lung infection.
At the age of 10, Carl used to entertain his classmated already. He made his first debut with his school band by singing "Home On The Range". Carl with his brothers Jay Perkins and Clayton Perkins formed a band in 1953. In 1954, The Perkins brothers travelled to Memphis to audition for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Phillips was not overly impressed, but agreed that the group had potential.
Shortly thereafter, they signed to the label and released their singles, "Movie Magg" and "Turn Around". They released another single, "Let the Jukebox Keep On Playing" in 1955 which failed to make it to chart. In 1956, they relesased their hit single, "Blue Suede Shoes" which debuted #1 on the Billboard Charts. Quickly the single became a huge hit and was also the first country record to appear on both the R&B chart and the pop chart, in addition to the country chart. It chartered #2 on the Pop Chart, #1 on the Country Chart and #2 on R&B Chart.
At the height of their popularity, a tragedy struck when Jay Perkins had a car accident and was seiously injured. Due to that accident, Jay was diagnosed with a brain tumor from which he died in 1958. A year later, Carl became alcoholic because of his sadness about the incident. In 1965, Carl became a part of Johnny Cash's touring troupe. Carl formed a band, "C.P. Express" with his sons "Greg Perkins" and "Stan Perkins" in 1975.
Carl released two solo albums, The Carl Perkins Show and Carl Perkins Live at Austin City Limits in 1977. Through the years, Carl continued to record and write. However, in 1992, Carl was diagnosed with throat cancer, after treatment, he was declared cancer-free a year later. He continued to keep writing and recording. Carl suffered a series of strokes and died in 1998.
Awards & Certifications
|1986||Grammy Awards||Best Spoken Work or Non-Musical Album|
|1969||32||Carl Perkins Greatest Hits|
|1970||43||Original Golden Hits|
|1974||48||My Kind of Country|
Tours & Concerts
There are no current tour and concert schedules for Carl Perkins.
There are no announcements as of this time
October 15, 1996
April 7, 1998
July 25, 2000
September 23, 2003
|1992||Blue Suede Shoes||Collectables|
Compilations & Live Releases
|1959||Teen Beat: The Best of Carl Perkins||Sun|
|1968||Country Boy Dreams||Dolie|
|1970||Blue Suede Shoes||Sun|
|1970||Original Golden Hits||Sun|
|1972||Man Behind Johnny Cash||Columbia|
|1975||Rockin Guitar Man||Charly|
|1976||Carl Perkins Show||Sede|
|1976||Original Carl Perkins||Charly|
|1977||Long Tall Sally||Embassy|
|1978||Sun Sounds Special||Charly|
|1981||Blue Suede Shoes||Rhino|
|1981||Live At Austin City Limits||Suede|
|1983||20 Golden Pieces||Bulldog|
|1987||Heart and Soul of Carl Perkins||Allegiance|
|1989||Hunky Tonk Gal||Rounder|
|1989||The Greatest Hits of Carl Perkins||Harmony|
|1990||The Classic||Bear Family|
|1990||Blue Suede Shoes and Other Greatest Hits||Capitol|
|1990||Jive After Five||Rhino|
|1991||Friends, Family and Legends||Magnum|
|1993||The Best of Carl Perkins||Curb|
|1995||Guitar Legend||Prime Cuts|
|1996||The Man and The Legend||Synergie Camp|
|1998||The King of Rockability and Greatest Hits||Reacon|
|1998||Roots of Rock N Roll||Boxsets|
|1999||Essential Sun Collection||Recall|
|1999||Live at Gileys||Q|
|2000||Jailhouse Rock||Columbia River|
|2000||Portrait of Carl Perkins||Original Masters|
|2001||Forever Gold||St. Clair|
|2002||Rock Rock Rock||Delta|
|2002||Masters||Eagle Rock Entertain|
|2002||Mr. Rock N Roll||Newsound 2000|
|2003||Rock and Roll Hero||Rock and Roll Heroes|
|2004||Ultimate Collection||Prism Leisure|
|2005||Be Bop A Lula||Fabulous|
|2005||Honky Tonk Babe||Rajon|
|2006||Golden Legends: Carl Perkins||Madacy|
- In 1981, Carl founded the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
- He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
- In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- He was voted the 69th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.