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    Carl Perkins 1961 "Mr. Blue Suede Shoes" Boxing-Style Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising Rockabilly Hall-of-Famer Carl Perkins in concert in Reeds Ferry, New Hampshire (actually part of Merrimack, NH) on Sunday, October 15, 1961.

    This rare blue-on-orange concert poster appears to have advertised a full day (and evening?) of shows at the Lone Star Ranch, with only the "1st Show" time given, a 2:00 PM matinee. With Perkins advertised as the "Greatest of All," we imagine the patrons kept coming all day long.

    Carl, of course, was a rockabilly founding father and one of the famed "Million Dollar Quartet" - and the only one holding a guitar in the famous picture - at Sun Records studios in December 1956. Carl helped shape the course of early rock 'n' roll by writing and releasing his signature song "Blue Suede Shoes" in early '56, which Elvis Presley quickly covered. Another well-known tidbit about the eminently likeable and humble Mr. Perkins is that he holds the record, tied with Larry Williams, for the most songs covered and officially released by the Beatles, with three: "Honey Don't," "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" and "Matchbox."

    Nice photo of Carl looking right at the viewer, with creative musical notes and stars cascading down on either side of him. The very first time Heritage has ever offered this scarce poster for sale.

    Measures 13 7/8" x 21 ¾" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: The respect other musicians had for Carl Perkins is off the charts. In 1996, two years before he passed away, Carl released an album / CD called Go Cat Go!, and the turnout for it was stunning. First of all, the record was produced by Bob Johnston, the man who produced Bob Dylan's legendary Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde albums. Three of the four Beatles made new recordings with Carl, and John Lennon's "Blue Suede Shoes" from Live Peace in Toronto 1969 was used to close the disc. Look at the list of people who re-recorded Mr. Perkins' classics with him for what they surely all knew would be his final album:

    "Distance Makes No Difference with Love" with George Harrison
    "My Old Friend" with Paul McCartney
    "Honey Don't" with Ringo Starr
    "Give Me Back My Job" with Bono, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty
    "One More Shot" and "Restless" with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    "Two Old Army Pals" with Johnny Cash
    "Matchbox" and "Wild Texas Wind" with Willie Nelson
    "Rockabilly Music' and "A Mile Out of Memphis" with Paul Simon
    "All Mama's Children" with John Fogerty

    Condition details: Poster has orange printer's ink sprinkled throughout the white margins, a charming printer's anomaly that's not considered damage. Four black dots also found in the top white margin. A bumped bottom right corner, with a little white paper missing but the board fully intact. Quarter-inch tear on right margin. Lower left corner has a light crease bump. And the verso is fine, just those corner bends show plus the upper left corner is bumped a bit but that one doesn't really show on the front.




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