Hello and farewell to cool rockabilly cat Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins attends the Country Music Christmas Spectacular to Benefit Love Is Feeding Everyone [LIFE] on December 9, 1989, at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Earlier that summer the 57-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer earned a Nashville comeback by co-writing Wynonna and Naomi Judd’s No. 1 C&W single “Let Me Tell You About Love.” Two years later he provided Dolly Parton with the biographical “Silver and Gold,” the “Jolene” chanteuse’s penultimate Top 20 A-side. Photography by Ralph Dominguez / MediaPunch / Alamy

Original “Blue Suede Shoes” singer-songwriter-guitarist Carl Perkins heavily influenced the Beatles and counted Elvis Presley as a comrade. Immortalized in both the Million Dollar Quartet and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, relatively little is known about the middle son of impoverished West Tennessee sharecroppers whose empathy laid the groundwork for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of

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