Luther Perkins

Real Name:
Luther Monroe Perkins
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Luther Perkins (born January 8, 1928, Como, Mississippi, USA - died August 5, 1968, Nashville, Tennessee, USA) was an American guitarist and a member Johnny Cash's backing band The Tennessee Two which in 1960, with the addition of drummer W.S. Holland, became The Tennessee Three.

Perkins served as Johnny Cash's first guitar player and helped invent Cash's unique country style with his simple "boom-chicka-boom" guitar patterns. The song "Walk The Line" is a good example of his style. Perkins' way of playing was one of the factors that made Sam Phillips (2) sign them up for a record deal at Sun Record Company. When he first heard them, he didn't like what they played, but he liked how they played it.

Perkins died as a result of third degree burns and smoke inhalation after he fell asleep holding a lit cigarette in his hand.
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Luther Perkins Discography Tracks

Vocals

Luther Perkins - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / Big River album art Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two* Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two* - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / Big River (Single) Quality Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958 album art Johnny Cash I Was There When It Happened Johnny Cash - The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958 (Comp) Time Life Music US 2005 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Ultimate Gospel album art Cash* I Was There When It Happened (as Perkins) Cash* - Ultimate Gospel (Comp) Columbia, Legacy, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Europe 2007 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Luther Perkins - With His Hot And Blue Guitar album art Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - With His Hot And Blue Guitar (Album) Sun (9), London Records Canada 1957 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - His Top Hits album art Johnny Cash With The Tennessee Two* Johnny Cash With The Tennessee Two* - His Top Hits (EP) Sun (9), Sun (9) US 1958 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / Big River album art Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two* Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two* - Ballad Of A Teenage Queen / Big River (Single) Quality Canada 1958 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Everybody Loves A Nut album art Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - Everybody Loves A Nut (Album) Columbia US 1966 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Original Golden Hits Volume I album art Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two* Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two* - Original Golden Hits Volume I (Comp, Album) Sun (9) US 1969 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - The Sun Story. Vol.1 album art Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - The Sun Story. Vol.1 (Comp) Spotlight (4) Sweden 1974 Sell This Version
200, B.LP 200 Luther Perkins - We Wanna Boogie album art Various Crawdad Hole Various - We Wanna Boogie(LP, Comp, Mono, Unofficial) Bopcat, Bopcat 200, B.LP 200 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - One Piece At A Time album art Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Three Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Three - One Piece At A Time (Single) CBS Australia 1976 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 1: Catalyst album art Various Crawdad Hole and 1 more… Various - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 1: Catalyst (Comp) Charly Records UK 1976 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - The Best Of Sun Rockabilly Vol. 2 album art Various Sign On The Dotted Line and 1 more… Various - The Best Of Sun Rockabilly Vol. 2 (Comp) Charly Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 10: Sun Country album art Various Two Timin' Woman Various - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 10: Sun Country (Comp) Charly Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
CR 30128 Luther Perkins - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 13: Rockabilly Sundown album art Various Hey Slim Various - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 13: Rockabilly Sundown(LP, Comp, Mono) Charly Records CR 30128 UK 1977 Sell This Version
CR 30153 Luther Perkins - Sun Sound Special: Johnny Cash album art Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - Sun Sound Special: Johnny Cash(LP, Comp, Mono) Charly Records CR 30153 UK 1978 Sell This Version
RMP-5150 Luther Perkins - Sun: Rock'n'Roll Collection: Volume 10: Rockabilly Sundown album art Various Hey Slim Various - Sun: Rock'n'Roll Collection: Volume 10: Rockabilly Sundown(LP, Comp, Mono) Sun (9) RMP-5150 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BOPCAT-700, BCLP-700, BC. RECORDS-700 Luther Perkins - Rock Around The Town album art Various Crawdad Hole Various - Rock Around The Town(LP, Comp, Mono, Unofficial) Bopcat, Bopcat, Bopcat BOPCAT-700, BCLP-700, BC. RECORDS-700 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
31861, S CBS 31861 Luther Perkins - Instrumental Country Vol. II album art Various Cattle Call Various - Instrumental Country Vol. II(LP, Comp) CBS, CBS 31861, S CBS 31861 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music album art Various I Walk The Line Various - The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (Comp) Smithsonian Collection US 1981 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Bitter Tears (Ballads Of The American Indian) Revised Edition album art Johnny Cash Johnny Cash - Bitter Tears (Ballads Of The American Indian) Revised Edition (Album) Bear Family Records, CBS Special Products Germany 1984 Sell This Version
TOP 129 Luther Perkins - I Walk The Line album art Johnny Cash* Johnny Cash* - I Walk The Line(LP, Comp) Topline Records TOP 129 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BCD 15247 Luther Perkins - Up Through The Years 1955-1957 album art Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two - Up Through The Years 1955-1957(CD, Comp, RM) Bear Family Records BCD 15247 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - Columbia Records 1958-1986 album art Johnny Cash Pickin' Time and 10 more… Johnny Cash - Columbia Records 1958-1986 (Comp) Columbia, Columbia Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Luther Perkins - His Top Hits album art Johnny Cash With The Tennessee Two* Johnny Cash With The Tennessee Two* - His Top Hits (Comp) Zafiro, Sun Record Company UK 1988 Sell This Version