DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Carl Perkins (aged 65)
American musician (Blue Suede Shoes)
Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998)was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, beginning in 1954. Amongst his best-known songs are ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Matchbox’ and ‘Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby’.
DEATH: His last major concert performance was the Music for Montserrat all-star charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 15, 1997.
Perkins died four months later, on January 19, 1998, at the age of 65, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, from throat cancer. He had suffered several minor strokes the previous month. Among the mourners at his funeral at Lambuth University were George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Nashville agent Jim Dallas Crouch, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Perkins was interred at Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson.