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Relesed 22/02/10. Carl Perkins was born into humble beginnings and spent his early years picking cotton but by his teens he was playing electric guitar and in a band with his brothers and was signed to Sun Records by Sam Phillips in 1954.
From his Sun sessions came Blue Suede Shoes which reached the top of all the charts and became Sun Records first million seller. He was involved in a serious car crash on his way to a national V show which put him and his brother in hospital and nearly ended his career. His 1964 UK Tour saw him greeted as a conquering hero, playing to sold out houses and being particularly lauded by a young group called the Beatles, who played and recorded a number of his songs.
Whole Lotta Shakin was recorded on June 3rd and 4th 1958 and On Top in 1969. Among the real highlights are Champagne Illinoise a collaboration between Perkins and Bob Dylan and Perkins powerful and touching Power Of My Soul. Carl Perkins was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in mid 1980s and died in 1998.
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