Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session

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Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session.
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Live album by
Released1 January 1986
Recorded21 October 1985, Limehouse Studios, London
GenreRockabilly, rock and roll
LabelSnapper Music, HBO/Cinemax
ProducerGraham Nolder, Carl Perkins

Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session was a televised concert that was taped live at Limehouse Studios in London, England on 21 October 1985. The show featured rock n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins along with friends as guest stars, including Eric Clapton, former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as Dave Edmunds who acted as musical director for the show. Most of the repertoire performed in the concert consisted of Perkins' classic rockabilly songs from the 1950s. It was directed by Tom Gutteridge. The concert special was originally broadcast in 1985 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Cinemax in 1986 with introductory comments by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The show was shown on Channel 4 on 1 January 1986. Perkins performed 16 songs, with two encores, in an extraordinary performance. Perkins and his friends ended the session by singing his most famous song, 30 years after its writing, which brought Perkins to tears. The concert is a memorable highlight of Carl Perkins' later career and has been highly praised by fans for the spirited performances delivered by Perkins and his famous guests. It was the first public performance by George Harrison in more than ten years[1] An edited version of the program is available for viewing on YouTube.


Track listing[edit]

All songs by Carl Perkins, except where noted:

  1. "Introduction"
  2. "Boppin' the Blues"
  3. "Put Your Cat Clothes On"
  4. "Honey Don't"
  5. "Matchbox"
  6. "Mean Woman Blues" (Claude Demetrius)
  7. "Turn Around"
  8. "Jackson" (Jerry Leiber, Billy Edd Wheeler)
  9. "What Kind of Girl" (Steve Forbert)
  10. "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby"
  11. "Your True Love"
  12. "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise "(Gene Lockhart, Ernest Seitz)
  13. "Medley": That's Alright Mama (Arthur Crudup) / Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe) / Night Train to Memphis (Marvin Hughes, Beasley Smith, Owen Bradley) / Amen (Traditional)
  14. "Glad All Over"
  15. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (Sunny David [Roy Hall], Dave Williams)
  16. "Gone Gone Gone"
  17. "Blue Suede Shoes"
  18. "Blue Suede Shoes" (encore)
  19. "Gone Gone Gone" (encore)
  1. ^ Inglis, Ian, The Beatles in Hamburg, page 171, Reaktion Books 15 June 2012