Sam told me that Elvis would have never had a million-seller on Sun. I couldn’t believe that. “Why,” I asked. He looked at me with a sly smirk and explained, “In order to sell a million, you have to buy a million, and I couldn’t.”
With the money he got from selling Elvis’ contract, Sam could buy a million and did. Carl Perkins gave Sam his first million seller with “Blue Suede Shoes.” I asked how Carl felt about Elvis recording "Blue Suede Shoes," a song Perkins wrote. "Well, back then,” as Sam remembered it, “the best way to sell records was by touring. Carl had been in a serious car crash and couldn't tour. The Elvis version also became a hit bringing in money Carl would have never seen from royalties."
After two hours or so, Sam said, "You know, I usually get paid for these interviews." "Well, considering what you pay me, let's just call it even," I said with a chuckle. We both laughed and walked out to the parking lot together. As we did, Sam asked, “What do I pay you anyway?” “Not enough” was my only reply. Sam was a living legend, yet he was so down to earth, a really great man. It was a pleasure to meet and to work for him.
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