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The Story Of 'Blue Suede Shoes'

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The Story Of 'Blue Suede Shoes'

The Story Of 'Blue Suede Shoes'

The Story Of 'Blue Suede Shoes'

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Carl Perkins.

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The song "Blue Suede Shoes" was a huge hit for songwriter Carl Perkins in 1956.

But while the song became the first million-seller triple play crossover, going from the top of the country charts over to rhythm & blues and then pop, Perkins' own version of the song was eclipsed in mid-orbit by Elvis Presley's up-tempo cover, which rose even further up all three charts. Now it's a classic that is even being taught in grade schools.

Nick Spitzer pays tribute to the enduring popularity of "Blue Suede Shoes."