Carl Perkins' Cadillac

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A song from the Drive-By Truckers' 2004 album The Dirty South, Carl Perkins' Cadillac tells the story of one of rock and roll music's early titans, Sam Phillips of Sun Records. The theme of the song is Philip's integrity and the respect shown to him by his stable of artists in the mid-1950s. This is epitomized by a reference to notoriously rebellious artist Jerry Lee Lewis where the lyrics state, "Mr Phillips was the only man that Jerry Lee still would call 'sir'". Besides Perkins and Lewis, other artists in Sun's Million Dollar Quartet, were Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

The song's title and narrative came from Sam Phillips having promised a Cadillac to the first Sun artist to sell a million records.[1] While it was expected that Elvis Presley would be the first to accomplish this, it was actually Carl Perkins with Blue Suede Shoes.

  1. ^ "Carl Perkins Biography". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.