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Lot 32: Carl Perkins Signed Original Sun 45 RPM "Blue Suede Shoes" With Original Sun Records Invoice for Shipment of 300 Copies of the Record
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
In October 1954, Carl Perkins began recording with Sun Studios and on January 1, 1956 released the smash hit "Blue Suede Shoes," which reached number 1 on the Billboard country music chart and topped at number 2 on Billboard's pop chart. It was Carl Perkins and the popularity of this song that launched Sun Records into the national spotlight. Carl became well known for his rockabilly sound and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll along with Elvis Presley, with whom he was friends. On January 30th of that same year Elvis recorded "Blue Suede Shoes," but didn't release his version while Carl Perkins' was still topping the charts. On March 17th however, Elvis sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel" to a national audience on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show in New York. Following the chart-topping hit, Sam Phillips gave Carl a new Cadillac as a reward for being the first Sun artist to sell a million copies. Later that year, on December 4, 1956, Carl Perkins and Elvis, along with Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, got together for an impromptu jam session at Sun Records that became famously known as the Million Dollar Quartet.
Offered is the single release for Carl Perkins' famous "Blue Suede Shoes" with "Honey Don't" (later recorded by The Beatles) on the reverse side. The 45 RPM record is signed "To Joel / Carl Perkins" on side 1 of Sun Records 234. The 7-inch diameter record is offered in its original Sun Records sleeve. The autographed single is being sold with a framed original Sun Record Company invoice, dated 4/21/56 for the purchase of 300 copies of Sun 234 to Music City Record Distributors in Nashville, Tennessee. The purchased was shipped by bus on April 12 with the 300 copies costing a total of $123.00. The invoice is in a framed display with a plaque that states, "Sun Record Company / Original Carbon Invoice #4499 / From April 21st, 1956." An incredible pairing from one of the most popular songs in rock 'n' roll history. The invoice measures 6 3/4 by 8 inches (17.14 x 20.32), the framed display measures 25 by 19 inches (63.4 x 48.26 cm) and both the record and invoice are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The 45 has been well loved with signs of heavy use with scratches and scuffs on the vinyl. The labels on both sides are intact and present with bold colors. VG-EX condition.