Carl Perkins

Matchbox

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This rockabilly and country music staple started life in the 1920s as "The Match Box Blues," originally composed by blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson. From a suggestion by his father, Carl Perkins struck up on the tune at a session at Sun studios in 1957, the same session that utilized a young Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. Retaining only a verse of Jefferson's original, Perkins imbued the song with a galloping boogie riff that now has become the song's standard introduction and a whole new set of lyrics. Jerry Lee would later record his own version, altering Perkins' lyrics in typical "Killer" fashion, the song first appearing on his debut Sun album. But the song went international when the Beatles revived in a 1964 recording, included originally on their Beatles For Sale album, closely adhering to Perkins' Sun arrangement. For his part, Perkins would re-record the tune on several occasions and feature the song in all of his live performances, even dueting with Ringo Starr on a TV special with it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dance Album 1957 Varèse Sarabande 2:10
The Dance Album of Carl Perkins 1959 Hallmark / Hallmark Music & Entertainment / Hallmark Recordings / Pickwick 2:20
No Image 1970 2:05
No Image 1976 Charly Records
No Image 1977 2:03
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Pickwick
No Image 1986 Charly Records
Up Through the Years, 1954-1957 1986 Bear Family Records 2:09
The Sun Story [Rhino] 1987
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 0:00
The Classic 1990 Bear Family Records 2:29
Sun's Greatest Hits [RCA] 1992
Various Artists
RCA 2:08
Rockabilly Memories 1992
Various Artists
Intersound 2:07
No Image 1993 Charly Records
Carl Perkins & Sons 1993 RCA 0:00
Hits of the 50's: 68 Hot Hits from the Fabulous Fifties, Vols. 1-4 1993
Various Artists
Fat Boy
The Sun Records Collection [Rhino] 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
Matchbox 1995 Pazzazz 2:09
Greatest Hits: Finest Performances 1995 Sun Record Company 2:11
Guitar Legend 1995 St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:40
Rockabilly Portrait 1995
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:05
Let It Rock 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 4:04
The Man & The Legend 1996 Magnum America 2:56
American Jukebox Country Classics, Vol. 2: Rockabilly 1996
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:53
Greatest Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Great Hits 2:06
3 for 3: Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins 1997 3 for 3 2:38
The King of Rockabilly: Greatest Hits 1998 Beacon Records 2:53
The Best of Carl Perkins [Pegasus] 1998 Big Eye Music 2:38
Roots of Rock n' Roll 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:40
Definitive Collection 1998 Charly Records 2:08
Blue Suede Shoes and Other Hits 1998 Rhino Flashback 2:09
Blue Suede Shoes: The Very Best of Carl Perkins 1999 Collectables 2:07
This Is Sun Rockabilly 1999
Various Artists
Music Club Records 2:11
The Essential Sun Collection 1999 Recall (UK) 2:09
Sun Records: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Varese 2:10
Blue Suede Shoes/Original Golden Hits 1999 Collectables 2:10
The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Album of All Time 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:27
Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1999 Dressed To Kill 2:27
16 Timeless Treasures: Legends of Country 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:25
Sun Records: The Definitive Hits 2000
Various Artists
Collectables 2:09
The Complete Sun Singles 2000 Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:12
Roots of Rock 'N' Roll [Direct Source] 2000 Direct Source 2:40
Rock 'n' Roll Memories [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Back on Top 2000 Bear Family Records 2:25
The Best of Sun Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Original Sun Recordings (Italy) 2:08
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 1:30
Best of the Sun Sessions [Music Club International] 2000 Music Club International Records 2:17
Best of the Best 2000 Federal Records 2:09
Be-Bop-A-Lula 2000 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:58
The Story 2000 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:09
The Sun Records Story 2001
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:09
Sun Records: The Definitive Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:09
Forever Gold 2001 St. Clair 2:42
Best of Sun Records: 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:10
Memphis 2002 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:55
The Legendary Story of Sun Records [Metro] 2002
Various Artists
Metro 2:10
Sun Records 50th Anniversary Collection 2002
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:09
Sun Records 50th Anniversary Box 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:10
Rock 'N' Roll Legends [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:54
Blue Suede Shoes [Planet Media] 2003 Planet 2:07
Best of the Sun Years 2003 Repertoire 2:09
Rock 'N' Roll Heaven 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:09
Gold Collection: Rock 'N' Roll Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 50s [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
Essential Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:08
Direct from Memphis 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:11
Orby Records Spotlights Carl Perkins 2004 Orbison Records 2:09
Ultimate Collection 2004 Prism Leisure 2:10
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 50s - Disc 2 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
Carl Rocks 2005 Bear Family Records 2:08
The Essential Sun Records Collection 2006
Various Artists
Pazzazz 2:08
The Roots of Paul McCartney 2009
Various Artists
Snapper 2:09
Sixteen Timeless Classic Hits 2009
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:09
Golden Oldies Forever: Best of the Best 2009
Various Artists
Luxury Multimedia 2:10
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers 2010
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper Records / Proper UK 2:28
Sun Records' Greatest Hits 2010
Various Artists
Curb 2:10
Bob Dylan Cover to Cover: The Originals 2010
Various Artists
Mischief / Music Melon 2:09
Out-Takes from the Early Dylan Sessions 2011
Various Artists
Righteous 2:07
Juke Box Jive: Essential Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
Metro Select 2:11
Paul McCartney's Jukebox 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:55
Playlist: The Very Best of Carl Perkins Sun Sessions 2013 Legacy 2:09
The Complete Singles & Albums 1955-62 2015 Acrobat Music 2:09
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll 2015
Various Artists
Yep Roc 2:09
Great Guitars at Sun 2017
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:09
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:11
No Image
No Image Phantom
No Image Onyx Classics
Inspiring the Beatles
Various Artists
Cherished Records
Rock N Roll Dance [Play 27-7]
Various Artists
Play 24-7 / Play 27-7 2:10
Rock N Roll Masterpieces
Various Artists
Play 27-7 2:10
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle