Boppin’ the Blues hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 14 October 1972 and stayed there for 4 weeks.
A 1956 song written by Carl Perkins and Howard “Curley” Griffin and released as a single on Sun Records in May 1956.
The band Blackfeather had a no. 1 hit with Boppin’ The Blues, a recording that has little in common with the original apart from the title, although Perkins and Griffin are still credited as writers.
The writer credit is to Carl Perkins and his co-writer Howard ‘Curly’ Griffin. It is usually described as a reworking or a makeover of Perkins’s Boppin’ The Blues, but the two records played back-to-back reveal nothing in common but their title. Lyrically, melodically and structurally, they are different songs.
Jonathan Sturm, a friend of Blackfeather pianist Paul Wylde, writes at his website: Neither Paul nor the rest of the band could remember the lyric of the old Carl Perkins song, so they wrote their own.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
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