Elvis’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ Was the 1st Song a Pink Floyd Member Loved

<p id=”par-1_57″>It’s always interesting when <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/classic-rock/”>classic rock</a> stars admire early rock ‘n’ rollers who sound absolutely nothing like them whatsoever. For example, a member of Pink Floyd is a huge fan of <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/johnny-cash-said-helped-inspire-blue-suede-shoes-elvis-presley-song.html/”>Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes.”</a> His admiration for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is fine, but he definitely gave the guy way too much credit.</p>

<h2>1 Pink Floyd member said Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ changed the sound of rock</h2>

<p id=”par-2_57″>During a 2020 interview with <a href=”https://www.nme.com/features/music-interviews/nick-mason-soundtrack-of-my-life-pink-floyd-2805316″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>NME</a>, Mason said Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” was the first song he loved. “The beginning of rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. Mason promoted the <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-elvis-presley-didnt-think-he-was-the-king.html/”>myth Elvis invented rock ‘n’ roll</a> when it was actually pioneered by Robert Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and other Black artists who sadly never became major pop stars.</p>

<p id=”par-3_79″>“Elvis was moving things on slightly from Bill Haley,” Mason added. “Bill Haley was the first record I ever bought and I almost certainly bought it as a ’78 [inch LP record], not as a ’45, which shows my age!” For context, Haley was an early rock star who was part of the band Bill Haley & His Comets. That band is most known for the hit “Rock Around the Clock” and the novelty song “See You Later, Alligator.”</p>

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<h2>‘Blue Suede Shoes’ was on the first album that Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason purchased</h2>

<p id=”par-4_65″>Mason said Elvis Presley, the album that Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” comes from, was the first album he bought. “It had ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ on it <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-elvis-presleys-songwriters-didnt-like-his-version-of-hound-dog.html/”>and ‘Hound Dog,’</a> ‘Ring My Telephone,’ it was absolutely stuffed with his early hits,” he said. Elvis Presley doesn’t include “Hound Dog” or a song called “Ring My Telephone.” It’s not clear what song he was trying to mention.</p>

<p id=”par-5_59″>In addition, Mason discussed Elvis’ era. “It was still a period when you bought records from an electrical shop, somewhere at the back of the shop after you’d gone past all the washing machines and fridges, there’d be a booth with records,” he said. “I would’ve bought it there rather than a record store with those weird hairdryer booths.”</p>

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<h2 id=”h-the-singer-and-writer-of-the-original-blue-suede-shoes-has-almost-been-forgotten”>The singer and writer of the original ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ has almost been forgotten</h2>

<p id=”par-6_70″>People often forget that “Blue Suede Shoes” was originally by rockabilly artist Carl Perkins. According to the book <em><a href=”https://www.scribd.com/read/270233851/Sun-Records-An-Oral-History-Second-Edition#__search-menu_461595″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Sun Records: An Oral History</a></em>, Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” was his one hit. Notably, The Beatles also covered some of his tunes, including “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” “Honey Don’t,” and “Matchbox.” Perkins might be more remembered for paving the way for other artists than he is for his own work.</p>

<p id=”par-7_52″><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-baz-luhrmann-played-1-kanye-west-song-set.html/”>Baz Luhrmann’s film <em>Elvis</em></a><em> </em>brought attention to some of Elvis’ musical inspirations, such as Little Richard, Big Mama Thornton, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and Fats Domino. Perkins wasn’t even mentioned in the film, even though “Blue Suede Shoes” appears on the film’s soundtrack. Hopefully, Perkins will eventually receive the credit he deserves.</p>

<p id=”par-8_22″>It’s cool that Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” connected with Mason and countless others but we shouldn’t let that detract from Perkins’ accomplishments.</p>

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