Carl Perkins, one of the founding fathers of rock & roll, began his legendary recording career for Sun Records in 1954. After two fairly undistinguished hillbilly outings, he created Blue Suede Shoes, which changed the face of American popular music. It was the first song to top all three charts at once: pop, hillbilly and R&B.
Producer and music historian, Shawn Pitts and Hank Davis just made a startling discovery that will rewrite rockabilly history. Carl Perkins recorded at least two years earlier in a small studio in rural Tennessee. Those records make it clear that he was far from the clueless hillbilly who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the rockabilly revolution. In fact, one of the four songs he recorded was Good Rocking Tonight, perhaps two years earlier than Elvis Presley cut it at Sun!
In October 2019 Bear Family Records will release ’Discovering Carl Perkins’. It contains for the first time anywhere, these historic, unreleased recordings -- complete and remastered for the best possible sound -- along with several rare outtakes from Carl´s earliest Sun period (first time on vinyl). They will appear on a ten-inch LP that includes previously unseen vintage photographs and detailed liner notes about the music, and how the local culture gave rise to these historic, one-of-a-kind recordings. It´s quite a landmark event for those interested in early rock & roll history, Sun Records, Carl Perkins and the birth of rockabilly.
1. Good Rockin’ Tonight (released for the very first time!)
2. There’s Been A Change in Me (released for the very first time!)
3. Drinking Wine Spo-Dee O-Dee (released for the very first time!)
4. Devil’s Dream (released for the very first time!)
1. Gone Gone Gone (orig unissued- alt 1)
2. What You Doing When You’re Crying (orig uniss-vers 1)
3. You Can’t Make Love To Somebody (orig uniss-vers 5)
4. Sure To Fall (Sun 235-orig unissued-alt 1)
5. Perkins Wiggle / Dixie Bop (orig uniss - vers 1)