— Rock 'n Roll Highway 67 —
Perkins performed frequently along Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67, including Fireman's Hall in Walnut Ridge and the night clubs in Jackson County, and he was often 'backed up by his brothers, Jay and Clayton.
Growing up in western Tennessee, Perkins claimed two notable musical influences: the country music of the Grand Ole Opry and the rural blues of a black sharecropper who lived near Perkins' family. The two genres conspired to form Perkins' style of music, and rockabilly music in general.
He sustained life-threatening injuries in a 1956 car wreck, which caused him to be sidelined just as his musical career seemed to be taking off. The wreck is often blamed for keeping Perkins' career from soaring like that of his fellow Sun artist, Elvis Presley.
Although Perkins' popularity was waning in the US by the early 1960s, he found a passionate following in Europe. It was while
The friendship flourished for many years to come. Aside from their own compositions, The Beatles ended up recording more songs by Carl Perkins than any other writer.
Ironically, The Beatles, also visited Walnut Ridge in 1964, when they had occasion to travel the same road as Perkins, Presley and other rockabilly, artists who had influenced their music. The road is now known Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1956.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 SW Front St, Walnut Ridge AR 72476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jerry Lee Lewis (here, next to this marker); Johnny Cash (here, next to this marker); Billy Lee Riley (here, next to this marker); Roy Orbison (a few steps from this marker); Wanda Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Conway Twitty (a few steps from this marker); Sonny Burgess (a few steps from this marker); When The Beatles Came to Town (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Ridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 7, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.