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Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins On Elvis' Version ?

Sun May 25, 2003 10:08 pm

Just been listening to Elvis' extended version of 'Blue Suede Shoes' on 'Too Much Monkey Business'.

Was it ever established whether Carl Perkins played guitar on this ?

Joe Tunzi mentions the possibility in his 'Sessions' books, and it sure sounds like Carl's pickin' on there !

Colin B

Sun May 25, 2003 11:30 pm

Hey Colin, are you talking about Elvis' 56 studio version?

Re: Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins On Elvis' Version ?

Mon May 26, 2003 12:30 am

ColinB wrote:Just been listening to Elvis' extended version of 'Blue Suede Shoes' on 'Too Much Monkey Business'.

Was it ever established whether Carl Perkins played guitar on this ?
Colin B


I just put it on, and there's a possibilty that this is really Carl Perkins. There's a couple of the Perkins trademarke to be heard.

Mon May 26, 2003 12:37 am

Well I know almost for sure it was Perkins ... I remember reading an article in '80 or '81 about this subject. If I remeber corectly, Carl said he did some overdubs with Felton Jarvis, but the track[s] where never released at the time ... He said that he and Tony Joe White where present at the overdub session ...

Mon May 26, 2003 1:24 am

Kylan -

No, it was the overdubbed version I was talking about.

Vinylman -

Yeah, it does sound kinda like Carl !

Memphisflash -

Thanks for that - looks like it is Carl then !

Tony Joe White was supposed to be doing something on Elvis' version of his own song "For 'Ol Times Sake".

Unfortunately this was never issued, & is said to have suffered tape damage.

Colin B

Mon May 26, 2003 8:22 pm

It is Carl Perkins playing guitar on Blue suede shoes.
You can find information here:http://home.online.no/~ov-egela/indexep.html
Look at sessions at: Guitar overdub sessions.
All the information is there.

Mon May 26, 2003 8:34 pm

The information is in Joe Tunzi’s “Sessions II”:

Young ‘un Sound, Nashville, Tennessee, February 5, 1980:

KWA5-8242 Blue Suede Shoes

Musicians: Carl Perkins – Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan – Percussion

February 14, 1980:

KWA5-8242 Blue Suede Shoes

Overdub Vocalist: Carl Perkins

Tony Joe White also overdubbed vocals on “For Ol’ Times Sake” on February 14.