One of the classic songs from this first era of rock and roll (not to mention rockabilly) is “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins. Do anything you to, baby, but don’t step on my blue suede shoes? Well, guess a man has his priorities. Carl Perkins wrote and released the song in the beginning of 1956. It went to #1 on the Country and Western Chart, #2 on both the R&B and Billboard Juke Box Charts, #3 on the Best Seller Chart, and #4 on the Top 100 Chart. It earned him an RIAA gold record. “Blue Suede Shoes” was the first million-selling country song to cross over to both the R&B and Pop Charts. There have been many covers, including those by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and His Comets, and The Beatles. Perkins had recorded the song for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis. Perkins was driving to make his first national appearance on TV, which was to promote it on The Perry Como Show, when he and his band got into a terrible auto accident. Perkins was was seriously injured. His brother and the driver of the truck were killed. Perkins could not tour for a while, for physical and emotional reasons, and Elvis Presley’s cover became a hit as well in 1956, going to #20 on the Billboard Pop chart.