January 5, 1986 |
The way Carl Perkins had it figured, he was all set to "ease on up to the lake house," taking his fishing pole and his hunting dogs with him, and live out the rest of his natural life in the backwoods of his home state, Tennessee. The man had decided to call it quits - the man who practically invented rockabilly; the man who went to the top of the country, pop and R&B charts in 1956 with a single that sold 2 million copies, a song called "Blue Suede Shoes"; the man whose twanging electric guitar has inspired a couple of generations' worth of rock-and-rollers.
January 11, 1986 |
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has chosen five records for inclusion in the academy's Hall of Fame during the 1985 Grammy Awards ceremony Feb. 25. The four pop songs and one Bach collection, all recorded before the Grammy Awards were instituted in 1958, were selected by a 96-member committee composed of music historians and others with expertise in the record business. They are: "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," by Chick Webb and his orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald.
January 8, 1988 |
Several music historians have suggested that Elvis Presley stomped all over Carl Perkins' career, robbed Perkins of his status as the primo rockabilly cat when El recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" - the national anthem of rockabilly, which Perkins wrote and first recorded in 1956. But Perkins, appearing this weekend in Atlantic City at the Showboat's Elvis Presley birthday extravaganza, says the history books done got it wrong. "Unfortuntely, I didn't find out until after Elvis had died that he held off recording 'Blue Suede Shoes' until my version had gone its course - to No. 1 on the R&B and country charts, and two or three on the pop charts," said the gray-haired rocker.
January 20, 1998 |
Carl Perkins, the rockabilly pioneer whose significant stylistic innovations were overshadowed by his song "Blue Suede Shoes," died yesterday of complications related to a series of strokes. The tall, gregarious Mr. Perkins, who was 65, suffered three strokes in November and December. He was admitted several times to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., near his home, and died there at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Perkins was more than the author of one of rock and roll's landmark songs.
January 21, 2002
Stores go, but memories stay News of the demolition of buildings that once housed Grant's, Woolworth's, and Hanover shoes brought a flood of memories of center-city Camden, once the hub of retail activity. At the age of 19, I purchased my first suit at Bratis Men's Clothing store, then visited Hanover next door for a pair of blue suede shoes - a few years before Elvis made them popular. At age 30, I bought a layette for our first child from a very helpful salesperson at Grant's.
June 30, 1987 |
While most state lawmakers were busy battling a midnight state budget deadline, two legislators took time out yesterday to sing the praises of Elvis Presley. State Reps. Keith R. McCall, D-Carbon, and Joseph M. Gladeck Jr., R- Montgomery, used the Rotunda of the Capitol to proclaim Aug. 16, the 10th anniversary of Elvis' death, as "Elvis Presley Day" in the state. An Elvis impersonator was there but did not sing because "Elvis never sang in a state capitol without a band, so I can't either.
June 1, 1989 |
DON'T FORGET FRIO Among this week's emotional resignations (House Speaker Jim Wright), tearful retirements (Mike Schmidt) and spectacular final performances (Gunther Gebel-Williams), you might have forgotten about Alan Frio. Last night was his last day in the newsroom. "I know what Mike Schmidt's going through," said Frio, who yesterday ended his career as a Channel 10 anchor. He's moving to Los Angeles to host "Tabloid," a new syndicated TV show that will air on Channel 10 in the fall.
June 30, 1998 |
It is the wee hours at the 70 West Night Club in Cherry Hill, and the crowd is calling for Mark McMichael's Elvis windmill move. Without hesitation, McMichael drops to a crouch, grabs the mike with his left hand, and swings his right arm - like a windmill - at his side. It is one of his favorite Elvis maneuvers. There are only about 15 people in the audience. Many are oblivious to McMichael's even being on stage. But this, as McMichael, 39, of Voorhees, sees it, could be a step on the path to a Las Vegas gig - or at least a Letterman appearance - so don't you step on his blue suede shoes.
August 16, 2011 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Elvis Presley fans love an anniversary. Every year, thousands of Elvis devotees flock to Memphis to remember the singer's death on Aug. 16, 1977. The main event of "Elvis Week" is the solemn candlelight vigil at Graceland, his longtime home, at midnight Tuesday. This year, fans have something else to commemorate. It was 55 years ago - 1956 - that Elvis' first two albums were released, launching an international music career that brought his mix of country, rhythm and blues, and gospel to millions of fans around the world.
October 9, 2012 |
We at "SideShow" love, love, wuvvvv the Internets! They supply us with lovely fun for moments at a time. Guess who's the new viral hero of the Web! If you answered Mr. Rogers , you . . . read ahead! Fred McFeely Rogers , whose show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood went from 1968 to 2001 and whose life went from 1928 to 2003, is now a viral bomb, yo. Back in May 1969, he appeared before the U.S. Senate to defend PBS; President Richard M. Nixon wanted to cut its $20 million grant in half.