|“Blue Suede Shoes”|
|Single by Carl Perkins|
|Released||January 1, 1956|
|Recorded||December 19, 1955|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Carl Perkins singles chronology|
|“Blue Suede Shoes”|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
from the album Elvis Presley
|Released||September 8, 1956|
|Recorded||January 30, 1956|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. Carl Lee Perkins ( April 9, 1932 &ndash January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of Rockabilly music a mix of Rhythm A-side and B-side originally referred to the two sides of 7 inch Vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s " Honey Don't " is a song written by Carl Perkins, originally released on January 1, 1956 as the B-side of the " Blue Suede New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Sun Records was a Record label based in Memphis, Tennessee, starting operations on March 27 1952. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Carl Lee Perkins ( April 9, 1932 &ndash January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of Rockabilly music a mix of Rhythm In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Samuel Cornelius Phillips ( January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) better known as Sam Phillips, was an American Carl Lee Perkins ( April 9, 1932 &ndash January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of Rockabilly music a mix of Rhythm Elvis Presley is the self-titled debut album by Elvis Presley released on RCA Victor Records in mono, catalogue number LPM 1254 A-side and B-side originally referred to the two sides of 7 inch Vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s " Tutti Frutti " is a song by Little Richard, which became his first hit record in 1955 Events 70 - Roman forces under Titus sack Jerusalem. 1264 - The Statute of Kalisz Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music RCA Records (originally The Victor Talking Machine Company, then RCA Victor is one of the flagship labels of Sony Music Entertainment. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Carl Lee Perkins ( April 9, 1932 &ndash January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of Rockabilly music a mix of Rhythm In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing " I Want You I Need You I Love You " is a popular song written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff, and most famously performed by Elvis Presley Don Robertson is the name of Don Robertson (songwriter, the songwriter Don Robertson (baseball, the baseball player Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African This article refers to a music term For other uses see Standard (disambiguation. Carl Lee Perkins ( April 9, 1932 &ndash January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of Rockabilly music a mix of Rhythm Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) It is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. There are many candidates for the title of the first rock and roll record, but it is arguable whether any such thing exists The Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of Music based on the use of the Blue notes It emerged as an accessible form of self-expression Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure
Johnny Cash had planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout Texas and the South. Johnny Cash (born J R Cash; February 26 1932 - September 12 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American country Singer-songwriter. The Louisiana Hayride was a radio (later television broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport Louisiana, that during its heyday from Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. South is one of Cardinal directions and is opposite to the North. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes". Suede is a type of Leather with a napped finish However it can also refer to a similar napped or brushed finish on many kinds of fabrics Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes. Carl replied, "I don't know anything about shoes. How can I write a song about shoes?"
When Perkins played a dance on December 4, 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. "December 4th" redirects here For the song by Jay-Z, see December 4th (song. Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) The girl was gorgeous, he thought, and the boy wore blue suede shoes. As they danced the boy cautioned his date "don't step on my suedes. " Perkins was bewildered that a guy would value shoes over a beautiful girl. 
Later that night, while in bed, Perkins began working on a song based on that incident. His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme. He considered, and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner. . . ", and "See a spider going up the wall. . . ". Then settled on "One for the money. . . " Leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar, he started with an A chord. After playing five chords while singing "Well, it's one for the money. . . Two for the show. . . Three to get ready. . . Now go, man, go!" and broke into a boogie rhythm.  He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down, writing the title out as "Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E". "I couldn't even spell it right", he has said. 
The song was recorded weeks later and producer Sam Phillips suggested that Perkins's line "go boy go" be changed to "go cat go". Samuel Cornelius Phillips ( January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) better known as Sam Phillips, was an American
The Sun recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" was released on January 1, 1956. Two copies of the song on 78rpm records arrived broken. Perkins soon discovered that the song was only available in the newer 7" microgrooved 45rpm format. Meanwhile, in both Jackson, where Perkins lived, and in Memphis, radio stations were playing the flip side of the record, "Honey Don't". In Cleveland, Ohio, however, disc jockey Bill Randle was featuring "Blue Suede Shoes" prominently on his nightly show, and before January was over, the Cleveland distributor of the record asked Phillips for an additional 25,00 copies of the record. Bill Randle ( March 14, 1923 - July 9, 2004) was an American Disc  "Shoes" became the side of choice throughout the South and Southwest. On February 11 it was the #2 single on Memphis charts, was number one the next week, and remained there for the next 3 months. Perkins made four appearances on the "Big D Jamboree" on radio station KRLD in Dallas where he played the song every Saturday night, and was booked on a string of one nighters in the Southwest. The Big D Jamboree was an American Radio program transmitted by KRLD. The Jamboree emanated from the Dallas Sportatorium with about four thousand seats, and it sold out for each of Carl's preformances. The Sportatorium, located in downtown Dallas Texas (not to be confused with the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood Florida or the Tampa Sportatorium Music shops in Dallas ordered a huge number of records.  At one point the record was selling at a rate of 20,000 copies per day, and Perkins and his band were booked to appear on two nationally broadcast television shows: Ozark Jubilee and Perry Como Show. Ozark Jubilee (later called Country Music Jubilee and Jubilee USA) was a Country music Variety show on American Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como ( May 18 1912 &ndash May 12 2001) was an Italian-American singer and television personality Carl and the rest of the Perkins Brothers Band performed "Blue Suede Shoes" on Saturday night, February 11, 1956. The show was broadcast by the ABC television network.  A Song Hits review of the song, published February 18 states that "Perkins has come up with some wax here that has hit the national retail chart in almost record time. Interestingly enough, the disk has a measure of appeal for pop and r. &b. customers. " Unfortunately for Perkins and his band members, they would have a serious automobile accident on the way to New York City, resulting in the death of a truck driver and the hospitilisation of both Perkins and his brother. While Perkins recuperated from the accident, "Blue Suede Shoes" rose to number one on most pop, R&B, and country regional charts. It also held the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 and country charts. Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" held the number one position on the pop and country charts, while "Shoes" did better than "Heartbreak" on the R&B charts. By mid-April, more than one million copies of "Shoes" had been sold.  "Blue Suede Shoes" was the first million selling country song to cross over to both rhythm and blues and pop charts. 
Sam Phillips retained the rights to the song, although it was represented by the New York house of Hill and Range as part of the agreement when Phillips sold Elvis Presley's contract. Perkins would not acquire the rights to "Shoes", along with all of his Sun Records songs until 1977. 
Both Perkins and Presley started at Sun Records under Phillips, but Presley recorded the song in early 1956 after his Sun contract was purchased by RCA Victor. Sun Records was a Record label based in Memphis, Tennessee, starting operations on March 27 1952. RCA Records (originally The Victor Talking Machine Company, then RCA Victor is one of the flagship labels of Sony Music Entertainment. Presley's version was recorded at the RCA Studios in New York, with Presley on vocals and rhythm guitar, backed up by his regular touring trio of Scotty Moore on lead guitar, Bill Black on bass, and D.J. Fontana on drums. The City of New York Winfield Scott "Scotty" Moore III (born December 27, 1931 near Gadsden Tennessee) is a legendary American Guitarist and William Patton "Bill" Black Jr ( September 17, 1926 – October 21, 1965) was an American Musician. Dominic Joseph Fontana (born March 15 1931 in Shreveport Louisiana) is an American musician best known as the Drummer for Elvis Presley for According to Scotty Moore, when the song was recorded, "We just went in there and started playing, just winged it. Just followed however Elvis felt. " According to reports confirmed by Sam Phillips, RCA producer Steve Sholes agreed not to release Presley's version of the song as a single while Carl's release was hot. 
Elvis performed the song to nation wide television audiences three times in 1956. The first time was on February 11, 1956 on the Dorsey Brother's Stage Show. Elvis performed it again on his third Stage Show appearance on March 17, then again on the Milton Berle Show on April 3.  On July 1 Steve Allen introduced Elvis on the Steve Allen show, and Elvis, appearing in formal evening wear, stated "I think that I have on something tonight that's not quite right for evening wear. " Allen asked, "What's that, Elvis?" "Blue Suede shoes" was the answer, as Elvis lifted his left foot to show the audience. Elvis mentions Blue Suede shoes a second time on this show. In a song during the "Range Roundup" comedy skit with Steve Allen, Andy Griffith, and Imogene Coca, he delivers the line, "I'm a warnin' you galutes, don't step on my blue suede shoes. " These performances and mention of Blue Suede Shoes on nationally broadcast shows were seen by millions of Americans.
Meanwhile, although Presley is supposed to have promised Perkins that he wouldn't cover the song on a single record, "Blue Suede Shoes" was the first song on the first ground breaking album Elvis Presley, which was released in March. Elvis Presley is the self-titled debut album by Elvis Presley released on RCA Victor Records in mono, catalogue number LPM 1254 RCA released two other records with "Blue Suede Shoes" the same month: one an Extended Play with 4 songs, and a 2x extended play version with 8 songs. 
RCA released the Presley version as a single on September 8.  This single reached #20, whereas the Perkins version had topped the chart.
In 1960, Presley re-recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" for the soundtrack of the film G.I. Blues. GI Blues is a 1960 Elvis Presley musical Motion picture played as a romantic comedy While Elvis' character's group "The Three Blazes" plays a ballad at a Frankfurt night club ("Doin' The Best I Can" by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman), a bored GI plays "Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis Presley on the juke box, remarking that he wants "to hear an original". When another soldier tries to unplug the juke box, the entire place erupts into a fight.  This studio re-recording marked one of only a few occasions in Presley's career in which he agreed to re-record a previously issued song.
"Blue Suede Shoes" was recorded and released many times in 1956.  February releases were by Delbert Barker and the Gateway All Stars on the Gateway and Big Hits labels, Thumper Jones (aka George Jones), Hank Smith, and Buzz Williams. George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of  RCA Victor released a Pee Wee King version on March 3 of that same year, the same date as a Capital release by Bob Rubian. Pee Wee King, born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski ( February 18, 1914 &ndash March 07, 2000) was an American Country  These releases were followed closely by the March 10 releases of a Boyd Bennett version on King, and the Columbia release of a Sid King version.  Decca, too, released a version by Roy Hall,  and the Dot label then released a recording by Jim Lowe. 
"Blue Suede Shoes" is often referenced in other songs including Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" with "I'm giving you the warning, don't you step on my blue suede shoes. Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18 1926 in St " Roll Over Beethoven " is a 1956 hit single by Chuck Berry originally released on Chess Records, with "Drifting Heart" as the B-side. "
"Blue Suede Shoes" was chosen as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a Museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland Ohio, United States The song has often been called "Rock 'n Roll's National Anthem. "
In 1986 Perkins' version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2006. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) See also Grammy Grammy Hall of Fame Award List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients E-I List of Grammy Hall The Library of Congress is the De facto National library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress Wikipedia_talkFeatured_lists#Proposed_change_to_all_featured_lists for an explanation of this and other inclusion tags below -->The recordings preserved Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  The board selects songs on an annual basis that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. "
In 2004, Perkins' version was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Rolling Stone is a United States -based Magazine devoted to Music, Politics, and Popular culture that is published  It is his only song on that list. Presley's recording of the song was also on the list at number 423.
In 1999, National Public Radio included "Blue Suede Shoes" in the "NPR 100," in which NPR's music editors sought to compile the one hundred most important American musical works of the 20th century.
The song is a rock and roll standard and has been performed and recorded by many artists, including: