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Carl Perkins

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Birth Name: Carl Lee Perkins
Born: 1932/04/09
Birth Place: Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA
Died: 1998/01/19
Years Active: 1946 - 1998
Genres: Rock, Rockabilly, Country

Carl Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician born near Tiptonville, Tennessee. On Saturday nights Carl would listen to the radio with his father Buck and hear the Grand Ole Opry. Roy Acuff's broadcasts on the Opry inspired him to ask his parents for a guitar. Because they could not afford a real guitar, Carl's father fashioned one from a cigar box and a broomstick. When a neighbor in tough straits offered to sell his dented and scratched Gene Autry model guitar with worn-out strings, Buck purchased it for a couple of dollars. For the next year Carl taught himself parts of Acuff's “Great Speckled Bird” and “The Wabash Cannonball,” which he had... Continue Bio >>

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