This song was written and recorded by Carl Perkins in 1956. It was first released as a single in 1957. The Beatles first recorded the song on a private tape in 1960. The Beatles recorded it in the studio in 1964. It was recorded at EMI Studios and produced by George Martin. Carl Perkins was in the studio at the time but did not perform on the recording. The recording features George Martin on piano. In the UK it was released on the EP Long Tall Sally in 1964. The EP also included Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name, and Slow Down. The EP reached number one on the UK EP Chart. In America the song was released as the B-side to Slow Down. The single reached number twenty-five on the Billboard chart and Matchbox reached number seventeen. Matchbox was part of The Beatles’ repertoire. A live version recorded in 1962 was released in 1977 on the album Live At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962. George Harrison performed the song live with The Four Vests in America in September 1963. The Beatles also recorded the song for BBC Radio and one version was released in 1994 on the album Live At The BBC.
John Lennon played the song during the Plastic Ono Band sessions in 1970. Ringo Starr performed the song with Carl Perkins on the TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. That version was released in 1986 on the album of the same name. Ringo also made the song part of his repertoire. George Harrsion performed Matchbox live with Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987. Paul McCartney often plays the song during his concert soundchecks and a version appears on his 1990 album Tripping The Live Fantastic. He performed the song live in 1991 during his appearance on MTV Unplugged but that version remains unreleased. Paul also played the song with Carl Perkins in the 1993 documentary My Old Friend.
Now Hear This : Matchbox – The Beatles (1977)
Matchbox – Carl Perkins And Friends (1986)
Matchbox – Paul McCartney (1990)
Matchbox – The Beatles (1994)