Elvis Presley: Blue Suede Shoes


It was a toss-up which to headline between this and the Carl Perkins original, but there is only one King.

Perkins (whom I had the privilege of meeting when I worked at London Weekend TV in the 1970s – I got him a coffee and he said ‘You’re a little doll’) wrote and recorded the song in 1955. It was released in January 1956 and reached No 2 in America.

Here he performs it live on the Perry Como Show:

Elvis Presley recorded the song on January 30, 1956. It was released as the opening track of his debut LP Elvis Presley in March, but not as a single until September 8, 1956. It got to No 20.

Here is a live performance from April 1956, between the release of the LP and the single.

Eddie Cochran recorded the song in 1956 but it was not released until 1962 (after his death in 1960) on the compilation album Never To Be Forgotten.

It was recorded by Buddy Holly (d 1959) and posthumously released on the 1964 LP Showcase.

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