Blue Suede Shoes

Album: Dance Album (1956)
Charted: 10 2
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  • Well it's one for the money, two for the show
    Three to get ready, now go cat go
    But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes
    You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

    But you can knock me down, step in my face
    Slander my name all over the place
    And do anything that you want to do
    But uh uh honey lay off of my shoes
    And don't you step on my blue suede shoes
    You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

    Oh let's go cat!

    But you can burn my house, steal my car
    Drink my liquor from an old fruit jar
    Do anything that you want to do
    But uh uh honey lay off of them shoes
    And don't you, step on my blue suede shoes
    You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes


    Well it's one for the money, two for the show
    Three to get ready, now go cat go
    But don't you, step on my blue suede shoes
    You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes

    Well it's blue, blue, blue suede shoes
    Blue, blue, blue suede shoes yeah
    Blue, blue, blue suede shoes baby
    Blue, blue, blue suede shoes
    You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes Writer/s: Carl Perkins
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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Comments: 23

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 7th 1956, Alan Freed's 'Rock & Roll Dance Party' had its national television premiere on the CBS-TV network...
    Mr. Freed's guests on the debut 30 minute episode were Count Basie & his Orchestra, Tony Bennett, and the Chordettes...
    And at the time Tony Bennett's "Can You Find It In Your Heart" was at #62* on Billboard's Top 100 chart... And at one position lower at #63 was another Bennett; a covered version of "Blue Suede Shoes" by Boyd Bennett and his Rockets, and that was also its peak position on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 26th 1956, Carl Perkins performed "Blue Suede Shoes" on the NBC-TV program 'The Perry Como Show'...
    At the time the song was in its second week at #11 on Billboard's Top 100 chart; one month earlier on April 9th, 1956 it peaked at #4 {for 2 week} on the Top 100…
    At the time of his appearance on the 'Como' show Elvis' covered version of "Blue Suede Shoes" was at #68 and Perry Como was at #2 with "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)" on the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 17th 1956, Carl Perkins made his first TV appearance and performed "Blue Suede Shoes" on the ABC-TV program 'Ozark Jubilee'...
    At the time his "Blue Suede Shoes" was tied at #9 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and the song it was tied with, Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel"...
    Then on May 3rd, 1956 it peaked at #2 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's Most Played in Juke Boxes chart; and record at #1 for those 4 weeks was, you guessed it, "Heartbreak Hotel" by The King...
    R.I.P. Mr. Perkins {1932 - 1998} and to The King {1935 - 1977}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 11th 1973, Johnny Rivers' covered version of "Blue Suede Shoes" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and eight weeks later on May 6th, 1973 it peaked at #38 {for 1 week} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    In 1956 when Carl Perkins' original version was on the Top 100, two other versions made the chart that same year; Boyd Bennett & his Rockets {peaked at #63} and Elvis {reached #20}...
    Between 1964 and 1977 Johnny Rivers had twenty-nine Top 100 records; eight made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Poor Side of Town" for one week in 1966...
    Mr. Rivers, aka John Henry Ramistella, will celebrate his 73rd birthday in six months on November 7th {2015}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 25th 1956, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #2 (for 4 weeks) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 on the Billboard C&W Hits chart and #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    On March 17th, 1956 he performed the song for the 1st time on TV when he appeared the ABC-TV program 'Ozark Jubilee'. And on very same night Elvis sang the song on the CBS-TV program 'The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show'...
    R.I.P. Mr. Perkins (1932 - 1998) and to The King (1935 - 1977).
  • Jeff from Panama City , Flcarl was a beloved player among his peers...I didnt get the adoration until I saw in interviews and live shows later on in his career how nice and down to earth he really was...he is truely a harrison and rick nelson dearly loved him and the rockabilly music he help create.
  • G-g from S/w Montana, Mt =///////===============> - Can't get too much A' That..! My Older Cousin "Who was about the best Fighter in Our little town, & I used to just about Fist Fight because I always swore Carl - Is - "COOLER" than - You know Who..YUP.!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyCarl was able to ressurect his career, somewhat after his near-fatal car crash. He had several songs on country music charts in the 1960s and was a regular perfomer on Johnny Cash's ABC television show. Carl was also a part-time actor and did a duet with Paul McCartney on Paul's Tug Of War album. George Harrison was also a friend of Carl's and appeared on Perkins' cable TV special taped in London. George spoke and sang at Carl's funeral in Jackson, TN.
  • Joel from Amsterdam, --I do not think that the song is entirely about that. It does mention drinking booze and stealing a car but not by the singer
  • Henry O. Godwinn from Wheeling, WvRockabilly at its best
  • Anthony from East Stroudsburg, PaI worked for a non profit agency in Tennessee that Carl Perkins help found. It was (and still is) a child abuse prevention agency. One day in the early 80's, Carl saw a picture of a boy in the local paper that had been physically abused. Carl thought the boy reminded him of his own son and was deeply moved. Carl made a decision right there that he would not live in a community where child abuse occured. He did many benefit concerts and worked with local groups and politicians to get the initial funding to get the center started. It is still operational today after 25 years and has helped thousands of families break the cycle of abuse. If Carl had gone on the Pery Como Show and done Blue Suede Shoes and had gotten as big as Elvis, it's possible that he never would have stayed in his home community and would never have started this center or done many of the other charitable work he did. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him (he died before I began working there), but I did meet some of his family and people he toured and recorded with. They are all great and charitable people. Everything happens for a reason, and Carl's accident was no exception. George Harrison, Garth Brooks, the Judds and many other musical luminaries attended his funeral in a small town on short notice. It said a lot about the musical influence, and the type of person, he was.
  • Mark from Dublin, IrelandCarl Perkins aas also idolised by Ricky Nelson and George Harrison and rightly so.
  • Mark from Dublin, IrelandCliff Richard and the shadows did a really cool version of this on cliffs second album in 1959 "cliff sings" featured on the track is hank marvin playing the first fender strat imported from the staes to britain by cliff only a couple of months before recording the album...Also on the album cliff pays another tribute to carl perkins with his and the shadows version of "pointed toe shoes" another perkins classic...
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnPerkins was poised to become a rock n roll sensation by appearing on Ed Sullivan but before he could be on the show Perkins had a terrible car crash that almost killed him.Presley went on the show instead and took the spotlight that Perkins should have gotten.Perkins does a great version of this song on Johnny Cash's "Madison Square Garden" album.
  • Leonor from Tucson, AzJohnny 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. Cash told Perkins of an airman whom he had know when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes". 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. 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, Perkins was struck with an idea for a song based on that incident. He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Ralph from Newton, MaCarl Perkins is the older brother of the orininal Norman "Psycho" Bates, Anthony Perkins.

    The interesting thing about this fact is it's not true. I made it up.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScJude on the Anthology 3 Cd set, the Beatles do this in a medley with "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and another song that's Rip It Up" I think.. All songs were from the 1950's. The song is on the seccond disc by the way.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScAcftually Nick Elvis influenced Perkins a little bit. Perkins liked all of the exposure that Elvis had gotten, and wanted to take a similar path. I don't think I have all of my facts right though.
  • Nick from Tampa, FlI had heard Perkins and Elvis did not like eachother, and Elvis simply recorded the hit to knock Perkins rendition off the charts.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhThis song is what made Elvis famous. Which is ironic considering that Perkins faded away soon after.
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaCarl Perkins was a very big influence on George Harrison. George sings lead on "Honey Don't" and also on "Everybody's Trying to Be My Bady", another Perkins song that the Beatles covered. It would be very interesting to hear their version of "Blue Suede Shoes" if one still existed.
  • Ake from Ostersund, SwedenA version by Boyd Bennett & His Rockets also became a hit in early 1956, but only went as high as no.61 in the Billboard chart.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn the 1980's RCA produced a music video of Elvis' version using Elvis footage from the 1950's. Carl Perkins has a cameo at the end.
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