Saturday, January 14, 2017


Gads! I've been doing this thing for almost ten years and have never posted any Carl Perkins. What the hell? That's a hugh oversight. It didn't even occur to me until I started reading the Sam Phillips bio. My only excuse, if there is one, is that he's such an obvious go-to rockabilly guy that I figured I'd already posted some of his stuff before.

Perkins was the first Sun Records artist with a million seller, "Blue Suede Shoes", right after Elvis jumped ship. He was only on the label for a few years, and, like Billy Lee Riley, left in the dust as Phillips put all his promo resources behind Jerry Lee Lewis. Pissed off, he went to Columbia, a label ill equipped to get the performances that Phillips had, and make no mistake, Phillips didn't just press "record" and turn knobs. He coached and he coaxed. It doesn't matter what your studio is like, if you don't have the patience or wherewithal to do that, you might get a good record, but you won't get the awesome shit for the ages that Phillips did.

Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes mp3 at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Honey Don't mp3
at Rocky 52
Carl Perkins - Put Your Cat Clothes On mp3
at Bag of Songs
Carl Perkins - Gone, Gone, Gone mp3
at Cold Splinters
Carl Perkins - Matchbox mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Dixie Fried mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly
Carl Perkins - Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby mp3
at Mp3 Rockabilly


Anonymous said...

Great, great records. If I remember correctly, wasn't Perkins in an auto accident that sidelined him just as his career was starting to take off? Touring was seriously dangerous back then.


Tom G. said...

You are correct. That did seriously injure him (as well as his brother who never completely recovered), and his drinking escalated as well. With Phillips's
Jerry Lee tunnel vision, and those two other factors, who could stand a chance? But, man, one listen to "Pink Pedal Pushers" which I believe was his first for Columbia, tells you how vital Memphis Recording Service was to those early records. "Pink Pedal Pushers" ain't bad at all, but it just doesn't have that sound.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree. That one's OK, but it's no "Cat Clothes", or Dixie Fried. Columbia didn't have the feel for rock 'n roll in those days -- the Mitch Miller era.