BLUE SUEDE SHOES

Created on 18/12/2000
Latest update on 03/11/2020

Artist: Carl Perkins
Author: Carl Perkins
Label: Sun
Year: 1956

N°2 US; Sun's first millionseller, topped only by Elvis' first RCA hit Heartbreak Hotel. Hal Singer's Rock Around The Clock from 1950 (not the Bill Haley hit song) introduced "one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready" in the lyrics. On the other hand Bill Haley's Whatcha Gonna Do (the B-side of Crazy Man Crazy, his first hit in '53) also holds one for the money etc in the lyrics.

Covers:

1956:

Pee Wee King [prior to Elvis; vocal: Walter Hayes]

1956:

Elvis Presley

1956:

Leon Payne

1956:

Carmen Déziel [as Mes souliers bleus]

1957:

Buddy Holly

1959:

Cliff Richard

1960:

Bill Haley & His Comets

1961:

Conway Twitty

1961:

Pirates avec Dany Logan [as Comme un fou (plagiarism)]

1962:

Eddie Cochran

1963:

Pat Boone

1968:

Jimi Hendrix

1969:

Plastic Ono Band

1973:

Johnny Rivers

1974:

Roland & Bluesworkshop

1976:

Billy Swan

1977:

Lucky Blondo [as Les Pompes bleues]

1980:

Johnny G [as Leave Me Alone (Blue Blue)]

1982:

Ry Cooder

1984:

Johnny Hallyday [with Carl Perkins]

1988:

Charlie Feathers

1989:

Residents

1999:

Wayne Hancock

2005:

Brian Setzer

2007:

Shawn Camp & Billy Burnette [The Bluegrass Elvises]

By the time Elvis moved from Sun to RCA, he had only charted C&W. And so he came over as a country artist and was handled by Steve Sholes, RCA's country A&R head in charge. This uncertain, nervous forty-some had no clue how to handle Elvis at all. His main concern was how to make him sound country. Desperation really struck when Sun records kept scoring with Carl Perkins, not only C&W but also R&B. Suppose RCA bought the wrong guy?

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