0290 Matchbox – Carl Perkins (1957)

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins.

This song has its roots in the blues song Match Box Blues which was recorded in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson. An earlier song, Lost Wandering Blues, recorded by Ma Rainey in 1924 has similar lyrics. Matchbox was written by Carl Perkins who recorded it in 1956. It was released as a single in 1957 and the B-side was Your True Love. The song features Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. A version by Jerry Lee Lewis was recorded live at The Star-Club in 1964. It was released on his album Live At The Star Club, Hamburg.

Matchbox was part of Rory Story & The Hurricanes’ repertoire and was sung by Ringo during Starrtime. The Beatles first recorded the song on a private tape in 1960. It became part of The Beatles repertoire and a live version recorded in 1962 appears on the 1977 album Live! At The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The song was also performed live by George Harrison in September 1963 when he joined The Four Vest on stage in America. The Beatles recorded the song several times for BBC radio. One version appears on the 1994 album Live At The BBC. They recorded a studio version in 1964 with Carl Perkins in attendance. That version was released on the Long Tall Sally EP. The song was also part of the repertoire of Lee Curtis and The All-Stars and was sung by Pete Best.

John Lennon played the song during the Plastic Ono Band sessions in 1970. Ringo Starr performed the song with Carl Perkins during the TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. That version also features Eric Clapton but does not feature George Harrison. It was released in 1986 on the album of the same name. Ringo also made the song part of his repertoire. The song was performed live by Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987. The band included George Harrison, Jesse Ed Davis and Bob Dylan among others. George shares lead vocals with Taj Mahal. Paul McCartney often plays Matchbox during his concert soundchecks and a version appears on his 1990 album Tripping The Live Fantastic. He performed the song live during his appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1991 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 (1964)
Matchbox – The Beatles (1977)
Matchbox – Carl Perkins And Friends (1986)
Matchbox – Paul McCartney (1990)
Matchbox – The Beatles (1994)

0287 Dance Album Of Carl Perkins – Carl Perkins (1957)

UK album cover of Dance Album of Carl Perkins.

UK album cover of Dance Album of Carl Perkins.

Dance Album of Carl Perkins was Carl Perkins’ debut album. It was first released in 1957 on Sun Records. It wasn’t released in the UK until 1959 when it was released on London Records. A number of the songs had previously been released as singles. The first, Movie Magg, was released in 1955. Other songs such as Blue Suede Shoes and Gone, Gone, Gone were released in 1956. John Lennon owned a copy of this album and it was one of his favourties. He once said it was one of the only albums he like every track on. Many of the songs made it into The Quarrymen/The Beatles repertoire and some were covered by the group and members of the group in later years.
Track Listing
Side 1
1) Blue Suede Shoes
2) Movie Magg
3) Sure To Fall
4) Gone, Gone, Gone
5) Honey Don’t
6) Only You
Side 2
1) Tennessee
2) Wrong YoYo
3) Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
4) Matchbox
5) Your True Love
6) Boppin’ The Blues

0265 Tennessee – Carl Perkins (1956)

Carl Perkins.

Carl Perkins.

Tennessee was first released in 1956 and was later released in 1957 on the album Dance Album Of Carl Perkins. Oddly, the lead vocals were sung by Carl Perkins’ brother Jay. Dance Album Of Carl Perkins was one of John Lennon’s favourite albums. George Harrison was also a big fan of Carl Perkins and he changed his name to Carl Harrison when The Beatles backed Johnny Gentle on his Scottish tour in 1960.The Beatles performed Tennessee during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

0264 Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins (1956)

Carl Perkins with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds and George Harrison.

Carl Perkins with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds and George Harrison.

Carl Perkins wrote this number and it became the B-side of his single Blue Suede Shoes in 1956. The song was part of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ repertoire and a live version recorded in 1960 can be heard on the 2012 album Live At The Jive Hive. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and a version sung by John Lennon can be heard on Live At The BBC. Another version recorded for the BBC with Ringo Starr on lead vocals can he found on On Air-Live At The BBC Volume 2. They recorded a studio version in 1964 for the album Beatles For Sale. John Lennon performed the song during the Plastic Ono Band sessions in 1970. He also covered the song during a jam session in 1971 and again in 1972. A demo of John singing the song can be found on the John Lennon Signature Box. Ringo Starr performed the song with Carl Perkins in 1985 on the TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. That version includes Ringo on lead vocals but does not include George Harrison.

George Harrison performed the song live with  Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987 at the Palomino Club in California. The band also included Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Taj Mahal, and Jesse Ed Davis. George sang lead vocals. The song became part of Ringo’s repertoire and he has performed it with his All-Starr Band. Versions have been released on live albums from 1990 (1989 tour), 2004 (2003 tour) and 2008 (2006 tour). Ringo also performed the song during the Concert For George in 2002. That version was released in 2003 on the album of the same name. The song has also been performed live by Paul McCartney.

Now Hear This : Honey Don’t – The Beatles (1964)
Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (1990)
Honey Don’t – The Beatles (1994)
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr (2003)
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (2004)
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (2008)
Honey Don’t – John Lennon (2010)
Honey Don’t – Rory Storm and The Hurricanes (2012)
Honey Don’t – The Beatles (2013)

0263 Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins (1956)

Carl Perkins and George Harrison.

Carl Perkins and George Harrison.

Carl Perkins wrote and recorded Blue Suede Shoes in 1955 and it was released as a single the following year. It reached number two on the Cashbox Best Selling Singles chart. The B-side was Honey Don’t. Elvis Presley released the song nine months later with Tutti Frutti on the B-side. John Lennon owned both versions but preferred this version.

The song became a standard and has been recorded by Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley and His Comets, Buddy Holly and The Dave Clark Five. It was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire and they recorded the song twice. First in 1997 for the album Get Back – Together and again in 2004 for the album Songs We Remember. It was also part of The Beatles’ repertoire and they recorded it during the 1969 Let It Be sessions. That version was later released on Anthology 3.Lee Curtis & The All-Stars recorded a version for their 1965 album Star-Club Show 3.

Plastic Ono Band performed the song live in 1969 in Toronto. That version can be found on Live Peace In Toronto. The song was performed twice during the 1985 TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session. The first version has Carl Perkins on lead vocals while the second version is a duet between Carl Perkins and George Harrison. The band included Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. Both versions were released in 1986 on the album Blue Suede Shoes : A Rockabilly Session. The song was performed live by Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987. The band included George Harrison, Jesse Ed Davis and Bob Dylan among others. They performed the song twice. One version with John Fogerty on lead vocals and another with George Harrison on lead vocals. Paul McCartney and Carl Perkins performed the song in 1993 for the documentary My Old Friend. Paul also performed the song live in 1999 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also performed the song during the TV special Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road in 2005.

Now Hear This : Blue Suede Shoes – Lee Curtis & The All-Stars (1965)
Blue Suede Shoes – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)
Blue Suede Shoes (encore) – Carl Perkins and Friends (1986)
Rip It Up/Shake, Rattle and Roll/Blue Suede Shoes – The Beatles (1996)
Blue Suede Shoes – The Quarrymen (1997)
Blue Suede Shoes – The Quarrymen (2004)

0234 Put Your Cat Clothes On – Carl Perkins (1956)

Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

This self-penned number was recorded by Carl Perkins in 1956. The recording featured Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. It was released as a single on Sun Records with You Can Do No Wrong on the B-side. The B-side was also written by Carl Perkins. The song was part of The Beatles early repertoire.

0214 Gone, Gone, Gone – Carl Perkins (1955)

Carl Perkins and "friends" Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Carl Perkins and “friends” Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

This self-penned song was recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It was released as the B-side of Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing. It was also released on the 1957 album Dance Album Of Carl Perkins. It was part of the Beatles repertoire and hand written lyrics by Stuart Sutcliffe exist. The Beatles played the song in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions. The song was performed twice by Carl Perkins & Friends during the TV special Blue Suede Shoes : A Rockabilly Session in 1985. Carl Perkins’ “friends” included George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Both versions were released on the album Blue Suede Shoes : A Rockabilly Session in 1986. The song was performed live by Taj Mahal and The Graffiti Band in 1987. The band included George Harrison, Jesse Ed Davis and Bob Dylan among others. George shared lead vocals with Taj Mahal.

Now Hear This : Gone, Gone, Gone – Carl Perkins & Friends (1986)
Gone, Gone, Gone (encore) – Carl Perkins & Friends (1986)