Carl Perkins: Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Suede Shoes is an important song in Rock's history. It's considered one of the first Rockabilly records and simultaneously rose to number one on the R&B, Country and Pop charts its day. Johnny Cash gave Perkins the idea for the tune - Wikipedia has an outstanding write up of the history of Blue Suede Shoes, be sure to check it out. From the History Of Rock website:
Blue Suede Shoes song put 23-year old Carl Perkins in the national spotlight. Appearances were arranged for the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como TV shows, but while traveling to New York for those engagements he was involved in a terrible automobile accident. The driver, Dave Stewart fell asleep at the wheel and the car ran into a pick-up truck near Dover, Delaware. Stewart was killed, Carl suffered a fractured skull and broken arm. His brother Jay's neck was broken from which he would never recover. Eventually Elvis Presley, covered Blue Suede Shoes, which became Elvis' third top forty hit. These events served to steal some of the his thunder and Perkins never quite recovered his momentum in the world of pop, although his place in music history was assured.
Things that you can do instead of stepping on Carl's blue suede shoes: