Due to the general interest of some lovely users in the forum, this week´s Karaoke challenge was an easy choice for me, as it was nominated and then seconded as a good choice. So, without further ado, this week´s challenge is Blue Suede Shoes.
While the Elvis Presley version of Blue Suede Shoes may be the more popular, as it was one of his first recorded hits and reached number 20 on the music charts, the song was originally written and recorded by his good buddy Carl Perkins of Sun Records in 1955.
The thought of blue suede shoes for a song was originally planted by Perkin´s friend, Johnny Cash, when he referenced his military regulation air shoes as ¨blue suede shoes¨ and admitted it would make a good song subject. Still the meat of the song came later when, while performing, Perkins whitnessed the unimaginable-a couple dancing where the boy valued his fancy blue shoes more than a pretty girl. Perkins finished off the piece by pairing it with a nursery rhyme, One for the money, and added a boogie rhythym to create one of the fastest chart topping singles of his time.
While many other version were made, and made succesfully, Perkins original Blue Suede Shoes was the first ever record selling Country song to crossover to both R&B charts and Pop charts, making it a huge succes among all kinds of crowds.
So pull out your Sunday best, dust off those dancing shoes and start singing about them. Blue Suede Shoes is a fun oldie that anyone can nail if they just have a good time with the grammy winning record, and yours could be the rendition that lands in next week´s newsletter. Just don´t forget to post your rendition in the forum!