Bill Monroe : Blue Moon of Kentucky
By: Elvis Australia
August 1, 2012 - 9:03:12 PM
wrote Blue Moon of Kentucky
and recorded it with his Bluegrass Boys in 1946, and Columbia released it the next year. This little waltz became a hit. Then producer Sam Phillips
, bassist Bill Black
, guitarist Scotty Moore
, and a 19-year-old kid, who had just secured a job as a truck driver and was planning to marry his girlfriend, Dixie Locke
--tore the thing to shreds. But what came out was so good that even Monroe re-recorded it himself in 4/4 time rather than the original 3/4 after hearing--and seeing--Elvis perform it and at the Louisiana Hayride
. (See Peter Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis
, pages 121-129, for a more detailed account of this interesting collision of musical worlds.) Sam Phillips
was relieved when the country legend and 'founder' of Bluegrass offered praises rather than the anticipated scorn for Presley's version of his tune. At 19, Elvis somehow had the instinct to sing the song perfectly. Even the songwriter admitted it.
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Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
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