About Carl Perkins

Our Namesake:

Jackson was the home of Carl Perkins, songwriter and international rockabilly star. While Carl Perkins may have been an international superstar and music entertainer, locally he was a civic-minded patron and one of the founders of the Exchange Club—Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Songs to Remember:

  • Turn Around
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Honey Don’t
  • Silver and Gold (Recorded by Dolly Parton)
  • Let Me Tell You About Love (Recorded with the Judds)


1956: Gold record — Blue Suede Shoes
1984: Memphis State Distinguished Achievement — Elvis Presley Memorial Award
1985: Nashville Songwriters Association — International Hall of Fame
1986: Grammy Hall of Fame

Relevant Links to Other Sites:

  • Rockabilly Hall of Fame Tribute – More detailed information about the life and times of a true musical legend.
  • Exchange Club of Jackson – The Jackson Exchange Club was chartered August 24, 1924. We are America’s Service Club. From our organization’s earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been unselfishly serving their communities and improving the quality of life.


Dedicated to the Memory of our Friend, 
Carl Perkins  
April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998

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