Negative Creep wrote:
You're right, I love their cover of Matchbox too.
But his impact and influence are not on the same level as The Beach Boys.
Are you kidding me? He influenced Creedence, The Band, Springsteen, not to even mention the slew of artists like Blasters, Stray Cats, Dave Edmunds, Robert Gordon etc.
You forgot Ricky Nelson, who stated Carl Perkins was his favorite artist.
Problem is, Carl's influence, while precise, was very limited in scope. All of those artists, plus the aforementioned Beatles, etc., loved his music, but Perkins didn't have enormous innovation to get him primary influence. He may be considered the definitive rockabilly artist, but he wasn't first, Presley's earlier work beat him to it by a year and a half and if anything Presley was more influential to Carl, than vice versa, or at least Presley's success at Sun opened the door for Perkins. He was a great guitarist in a specific style that always has been a part of rock 'n' roll, but waned in how widespread it was, at least in its purest form. Harrison used it effectively early on, the rockabilly revival acts (Stray Cats, Edmonds, etc.) did, but that wasn't omnipresent throughout rock since then. His songwriting was very strong, but was too rural and old to connect with rock's primary audience at the time. You can give him some credit for the object fetishization that took hold in lyrics with the shoes as a symbol of success, but Presley beat him to that too by adding the line about the pink cadillac in Baby Let's Play House.
Perkins is far behind not only the Beach Boys, whose studio influence is immense, but most of the others mentioned here. I love Carl, I think "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" is one of the coolest songs of its time - "They took some honey from a tree/dressed it up and called it me" - but like a lot of artists he's given more credit than he deserves for influence because he's name checked a lot by subsequent big-name stars. Perkins had four of his songs done by the Beatles, who also copped four of Larry Williams songs, yet Williams is never commonly referred to as an influence on them.
I agree though on Diddley's influence, which if anything is underrated by most, who only refer to the hambone beat that bears his name. He was way more versatile than Perkins and far more innovative, which is where influence starts. Still though, Top Ten most deserving Hall of Famers? There's been a half dozen more deserving in the last ten years alone, which have been the low point of the Hall's credibility. However that said, Bo shouldn't have had to wait until Year Two to get in, that was unjust.