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Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session (Live)

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This album is the audio portion of a filmed concert held on Oct. 21, 1985, in London. Though Carl Perkins was one of the key early rock ’n’ rollers who influenced future generations beyond measure, it’s safe to say his public profile never matched those of the people he touched, from Elvis Presley (who covered his “Blue Suede Shoes”), The Beatles (who covered several of his best songs), or, arguably, even Rockpile’s Dave Edmunds, who plays guitar and produces this set of powerful performances between Perkins and his musical children. Ringo Starr takes the mic for “Honey Don’t,” and George Harrison sings “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” Eric Clapton takes the solo in “Matchbox.” Rosanne Cash sings “What Kind of Girl” and duets on “Going to Jackson.” The incredible song list is a credit to Perkins’ genius, and the performances from the ‘80s are produced to reflect a ‘50s sense of pure rockabilly. The between-song banter of these live performances is touching without being cloying. Rock from the '50s is often filed under “oldies,” but nothing sounds old about any of the music here.

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Some good jammin on this!

A group of legends having a good time! How can you not love this!

Classic Ensemble

Good feeling music from some of the best artist's ever!

A Rockabilly lovers dream!

My friends you have to add this to your music collection. Some of Rock and Roll's greatest legends come together to pay homage to one of the founding fathers of Rock&Roll! Mr. Perkins is at his best here with hard driving vocals and stellar guitar picking! Backed up by an all star band, this was a once in a lifetime collaboration of some of the finest musicians ever.


Born: April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

While some ill-informed revisionist writers of rock history would like to dismiss Carl Perkins as a rockabilly artist who became a one-hit wonder at the dawn of rock & roll's early years, a deeper look at his music and career reveals much more. A quick look at his songwriting portfolio shows that he composed "Daddy Sang Bass" for Johnny Cash, "I Was So Wrong" for Patsy Cline, and "Let Me Tell You About Love" for the Judds, big hits and classics all. His influence as the quintessential rockabilly...
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