“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey — so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios.
Why Cash didn’t do the honor himself, the world will never know. But Perkins’ befuddlement turned genius when he himself actually ran into a separate man wearing blue suede shoes at a gig he was performing at in early December of that year.
Except they weren’t military issued, rather simply first-class post-war style. And the man made a point to tell a young Perkins to back off of them, in the event that they might get scuffed.
Of course a song was born shortly thereafter, Perkins setting the encounter to a chug-a-lug hip-shaker of a guitar rhythm, and the rest is Gold Record, dance-floor history:
Well, you can knock me down
Step in my face
Slander my name all over the place
Do anything you want to do, but uh uh
Honey, Lay off of my shoes