The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special panel discussion and performance to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes.” The program is set for Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater.
This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the creation and first recording of the rockabilly classic “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins. In 1956, “Blue Suede Shoes” set sales records for Sam Phillips’ Sun label just weeks after Elvis Presley left Sun for RCA. The recording achieved the rare distinction of climbing the national charts in three genres: pop, country, and R&B.
This celebration of Perkins’ signature song—and his influential career— will take place on his birthday. A panel discussion about Perkins will include his son Stan Perkins (Carl’s longtime drummer), close friend Naomi Judd (of the Judds, for whom Perkins wrote the #1 hit “Let Me Tell You About Love”); David McGee (co-author, with Carl Perkins, of Go, Cat, Go!: The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, the King of Rockabilly); Peter Guralnick (author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll), and moderator Dr. Mark Crawford (associate professor of music at Tennessee State University). Chuck Mead (founding member of BR5-49 and music director for the stage musical Million Dollar Quartet) will perform a brief set with his band.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum