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Among all my favorite kinds of music, Rockabilly has always been right up there.
There is a raucous letting go that appealed to me as a kid, and still does it for me.
Among the names that should always come up regarding this kind of Music is Carl Perkins.
And rightly so!
While there may be more familiar names, there are very few better.
Here's what Charlie Daniels said about him:
"Carl Perkins' songs personified the rockabilly era, and Carl Perkins' sound personifies the rockabilly sound more so than anybody involved in it, because he never changed."
Perkins' songs were recorded by artists (and friends) as influential as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash, which further cemented his place in the history of popular music.
Called "the King of Rockabilly", he was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.
So my man Carl clearly has the pedigree.
Let's Rock!
Here's the link to some of those great old Sun Records, at WLSO:

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Comment by Mike Pell on April 12, 2012 at 6:29pm
So this is the first game of another doubleheader eh, lol?
How could you NOT like Elvis...there has to be something he deserves credit for?
If there was a documentary on Perkins, I didn't see it.
But I would have liked to.
I LOVE Rockabilly, TOO much!
Just grabbed me when I was a little kid and never let go- something with the guitars and vocals.
That's why I consider Buddy Holly such a R&R icon!
Back in the 50's I was part of a small, select group of ahead-of-their-time music afficionados.
Actually that's true for the mid-to-late 60's too!
What can I say?
I was a child prodigy, lol!
I am off to your second game,
Comment by Jon on April 11, 2012 at 5:03pm

Listened to this first on Monday, missed 3/4 of it so did another twofer today.

I am not a fan of Elvis at all, but Carl Perkins is another story. I can swear that years ago I saw a documentary on CP which made me like him. Could be wrong, but I swear there was one....


Dug all the tracks except for the really countryish one, think it was either the last or the second from last. I like the rockabilly stuff, but not TOO much.

And he sold 2 million copies of "Blue Suede Shoes"? That's a lot for way back then I would think. I don't even think there were 2 million people on the planet in the 50's. Mike was one, so that means there were 1,999,999 others?

Comment by Mike Pell on April 11, 2012 at 12:31am
I was kind of worried you wouldn't enjoy this one at all, because I went so far back.
But you surprise me again!
I think of Elvis too when I hear Carl.
It's a shame what happened to him as Blue Suede Shoes was breaking for him.
The Golden Pell was bouncing all over the place...hope it wasn't damaged, lol!
And it finally landed on Sure To Fall- the single most obscure song I played in the whole show!
You are getting more like me each day, lol!
Thanks for listening, writing, and the Pell,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 9, 2012 at 10:04am

I was on vacation last week, so I have a lot to catch up on.


I really enjoyed this show Mike.  The inflections in Perkins voice always make me think of Elvis, but maybe that should be the other way around.  I really enjoyed all of the songs you played, with Blue Suede Shoes being the only one that was familiar.


All that being said, I changed my mind twice on the Golden Pell.  First it was Honey Don't, but I changed to Movie Mag when you played that.  The guitar was really cool on that song.  But I changed my mind again when you played Sure To Fall.  My first love musically will always be great vocals, and I love the vocal style of that song, you know, a lead vocalist and a backing vocalist singing together.  Great perfomance, so the Golden Pell goes to that song.


Will be catching part 2 shortly.

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