Hi, everyone. I’m still doing a lot of research and reading on the early Memphis music business. One of the people I’m studying is the late Carl Perkins. His popularity was eclipsed by Elvis Presley … even when it came to Perkins’ own “Blue Suede Shoes!” People thought Perkins was covering Presley instead of the other way around.
A dejected Perkins eventually traveled to England for a show … where he found that he was greatly revered by the young musicians there. In particular, he recalled George Harrison approaching him and asking how he’d played a particular section of “Matchbox” … and then telling his bandmates that they’d been doing it wrong.
Here are Carl Perkins and the Silver Beatles (as they were then calling themselves), each doing “Sure to Fall.”