Each night leading up to the unveiling of the 2014 Grooveyard Great 88, we’re sharing a video of one song that just missed the survey. Hear the full Great 88 on a special five hour edition of “The Grooveyard” on a special night and time–Friday, December 26 starting at 7 PM. Our pre-survey show begins at 6 PM. Check out the complete year-end schedule here.
“Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins (1956)
Carl Perkins recorded this in Memphis for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. As he was driving to make his first national appearance to promote it (on the Perry Como Show), he got into an accident that seriously injured him and killed his brother. “I was 85 miles away from being the first rockabilly on national television,” he recalled. Perkins never fully recovered, either emotionally or career-wise. With Perkins unable to touring and promote it, Elvis’ cover version became a massive hit. Presley’s copy was done at RCA studios in Nashville. (2013: not on survey, 2012: not on survey)
Come back each night through Christmas as we unwrap another song that just missed the Great 88. You can also check out first round results here.
Thursday night at 9 PM, “The Grooveyard” will feature it’s annual holiday show. “The Grooveyard” can be heard on 88.1 FM on Long Island, the 88.1 FM link on wcwp.org or the TuneIn app on your SmartPhone. (You can also click the logo on the right.) Join us on. . .
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