Carl Perkins & Friends

blue suede shoes

1985 – Carl Perkins and friends.
Taken from sounds magazine November 02 1985

The line directly under the picture reads…
“No 1 have not got a light, er. . . sorry, what did you say your name was?” Plc LFI

TWO FOR the show … two Beatles for the Carl Perkins (above right – you better believe it!) show, that is. After all, the Fab Four were the best advertisement Carl Perkins ever had. The royalties he got from their covers of ‘Matchbox’, ‘Honey Don’t’ and ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’ plus ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ were enough to ensure that he never needed to write another hit. Which is just as well, because he didn’t.

But no matter, Carl’s place as part of Sun Records (and therefore rock and roll’s) million dollar quartet is assured, and when he asked for assistance in recording his TV special In London, Ringo – looking more and more like a teddy-boy version of Yasser Arafat these days – and George Harrison -ageing elegantly and seemingly without a care – were among the first to send back their reply-paid slips (seriously – Carl had sent them each a personal video with a form for them to fill in!). Their example was closely followed by Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, Earl Slick and sundry ex-Stray Cats.

But amid all this glamour and glitter (obligatory female presence was provided by Roxanne Cash and Britt Ekland) sashaying in and out of the Limehouse TV studio lending their illustrious presence, one bald gentleman in a grandad vest, black cords and sneakers sat in the background hunched over a guitar growling out a tight, constant stream of rockabilly rhythm which was the foundation for the whole show.

Nobody knew who he was afterwards, and it took half an hour of persistent nagging (while the Fleet Street boys were trampling all over Carl in their futile attempts to get a word with George) to discover that his name was Micky Gee and that he was a close friend of Dave Edmunds. It figures. Don’t step on his blue suede shoes.

2 thoughts on “Carl Perkins & Friends”

  1. THIS IS THE NOW THE WORLD FAMOUS TV SPECIAL!

    CARL PERKINS AND FRIENDS!

    NO PRIZES FOR NAMING ALL THESE TOP CATS!

    THIS IS JUST A TASTER FOR STARTERS AND YES MICKY IS ON HERE TOO!!!

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