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Elvis Presley Blue Moon of Kentucky

Rockabilly

In the early days of his career, Elvis Presley did a lot of experimenting at Sun Studio in Memphis. “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was one of the results. In 1954, Elvis, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black tried to find a B-Side to the single “That’s All Right Mama.” They started to play and fool around with Bill Monroe‘s famous bluegrass tune “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Monroe’s version had a waltz time, but Elvis and the others gave it a different beat and took it in a bluesy direction. Producer and studio owner Sam Phillips added slapback, which was a homemade echo device, so the recording had lots of echo., echo, echo. When they were done, Sam said, “…that’s different. It’s a pop song now, nearly about.” Elvis’ career skyrocketed and it earned an RIAA gold record.

Here are the lyrics to “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Elvis Presley:

“Blue moon, blue moon, blue moon, keep shining bright
Blue moon, keep on shining bright
You’re gonna bring me back, my baby tonight
Blue moon, keep shining bright

I said, “Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”
I said, “Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”

Well, it was on one moonlight night, stars shining bright
Whispered on high, love said good-bye

Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue

Well, I said, “Blue moon of Kentucky, just keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”
I said, “Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”

Well, it was on one moonlight night, stars shining bright
Whispered on high, love said good-bye

Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue”

If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by Elvis Presley: “Heartbreak Hotel.” “Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “If I Can Dream.”

For a really comprehensive biography of Elvis Presley in his younger years, try Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick.

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