It was almost criminal of Sun Records boss Sam Phillips to tuck as savage a slab of prototypical rockabilly as Carl Perkins' seminal "Honey Don't" on the flip side of the guitarist's immortal "Blue Suede Shoes." Cut December 18, 1955, at Sun's famous studios at 706 Union in Memphis, the inordinately exciting "Honey Don't" actually outclasses its more celebrated platter-mate in some ways. The structure of the song's breaks was unorthodox in the extreme; instead of progressing from the I chord that the Tiptonville, TN, native hit underneath the first line of his breaks to the IV or V (standard procedure back then for country and blues fare), Perkins ventured up to a C chord -- thus breaking fresh rockabilly ground. The Rockin' Guitar Man, as Sun then billed him, blasts out some of his toughest boogie-imbued fretwork between knife-edged vocal stanzas, once again utilizing that newfangled E-to-C chord change over supple juke joint backing from his brothers, Jay Perkins on rhythm guitar and Clayton Perkins on upright bass, and drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland. Perkins should have enjoyed two smashes instead of one from that classic single, but some hip folks picked up on "Honey Don't" anyway: Ronnie Hawkins waxed a vicious version for Roulette in 1960, and the Beatles paid loving tribute with a faithful 1964 cover that featured Ringo Starr's enthusiastic vocal (Perkins, in the midst of a British tour, attended the session).