Eric Perkins joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and in 2012 was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE. 6' 1" (1.85 m) Mini Bio (1) Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA as Carl Lee Perkins. Carl Perkins, the pioneering rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist who wrote ''Blue Suede Shoes,'' died yesterday in Jackson, Tenn., where he lived. Carl McNally Pickens Position: WR 6-2, 206lb (188cm, 93kg) Born: March 23, 1970 in Murphy, NC. College: Tennessee (College Stats) Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 56 (1201st overall … Carl Pickens. He was married to Valda Crider. He was 65. While some ill-informed revisionist writers of rock history would like to dismiss Carl Perkins as a rockabilly artist who became a one-hit wonder at the dawn of rock & roll's early years, a deeper look at his music and career reveals much more.