When they are just 20 years after the death of Jackson’s Rockin ‘Guitar Man, unpublished recordings come to light before his debut in 1955 with the single’ Movie Magg / Turn Around ‘on Flip Records.
Sam Phillips created that subsidiary of Sun Records to guide him to Country rhythms and at first he thought that Carl fit much better in that style. That ‘Turn Around’ really sounds like Hank Williams!
This great discovery is made up of two versions of Rhythm & amp; Blues (‘Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee ‘and’ Everybody’s Rockin ‘Tonight’) along with ‘There’s Been to Change in Me’ by Eddy Arnold … Will they be duly canned on vinyl or CD? Let’s hope so!
Carl’s recordings were recorded by Stanton Littlejohn at his home in Eastview, Tennessee, who had acquired a second-hand recording console back in 1947. Carl Perkins & amp; The Southern Playboys were dropped sometime in that town because for a few cents a musician could take a record under his arm. Stanton never charged for his services, kept alternative takes as a form of payment, or occasionally requested a second recording for his own collection.
Listening to them, they already foreshadow the future that was coming and you can see that Rock’n’Roll lived and was latent in the Blues for a long time … If a gale called Presley, The Hillbilly Cat, had not shaken foundations with that new and unstoppable rhythm, Perkins could perfectly have taken care of it!
Following is an interesting article written by Shawn Pitts and with audio of the topics included, taken from the essay published in its entirety in the Winter 2017 edition of Southern Cultures (vol.23, no.4).