Alumni Updates

60 Years of "Blue Suede Shoes"

Submitted by: Mark Crawford (1985)

On April 9, 2016, I moderated a panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrating rockabilly musician Carl Perkins and the 60th anniversary of his song, "Blue Suede Shoes." The panel included Stan Perkins (Carl's oldest son), David McGee (Perkins' biographer), Peter Guralnick (Sam Phillips' biographer), Chuck Mead (music director for the stage play, Million Dollar Quartet), and country singer Naomi Judd. I also wrote and secured a state resolution declaring April 9, 2016 as Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" Day in the state of Tennessee.