Elvis Presley

Blue Moon of Kentucky

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If ground floor rock & roll was the idea of taking a song and "rocking it up," then this bluegrass chestnut was one of the very first in line. Originally composed and recorded as a mournful waltz by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" became a mainstream pop song after getting goosed up as the B-side of Elvis Presley's first Sun single. What Presley did in re-arranging the tune was nothing short of a complete makeover. Taking the phrase "blue moon" and turning it into an opening repetitive chant, Elvis also jacked up the rhythm to triple its original tempo, infusing the song with a beat that was equal parts Native American and African in derivation. As a result, the tune became almost as popular as the A-side "That's All Right," and causing the originator -- Bill Monroe -- to go back into the studio and cut a new version of it with a hopped-up tempo inspired from Presley's makeover.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1957
No Image 1975
The Sun Sessions 1976 BMG International 2:04
No Image 1978 RCA
No Image 1983
No Image 1984 RCA
The Definitive Rock & Roll Album 1990 RCA
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2:03
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters 1992 RCA 2:03
Sun's Greatest Hits [RCA] 1992
Various Artists
RCA 2:04
The Complete Sun Singles, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:05
Great Country Songs 1996 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:03
Rock N' Roll Legends 1997
Various Artists
Mega Stars 2:10
No Image 1998 Time / Life Music 1:01
Sunrise 1999 RCA 2:02
No Image 1999 RCA 2:02
No Image 1999 Sun Record Company
The Essential Elvis Presley [Red X] 1999 Red X 2:20
Meer Dan Het Beste Van Elvis Presley 2001 BMG International 2:04
The Country Collection 2001 Time / Life Music 2:05
No Image 2001 RCA 2:04
No Image 2001 Collectables
Country Side of Elvis [2001] [2 CD] 2001 BMG International 0:00
The Elvis Broadcasts on Air 2002 Stardust Records 2:39
Everything About Elvis [CD & Book] 2002 Griffin / Lakeshore Records 2:04
Maybellene 2002 Time Music 2:04
King of Rock 'n' Roll [Platinum] 2002 Platinum Collection 2:40
I Was the One [SS] 2003 SS Music 1:30
The Louisiana Hayride Shows 2004 Goldies 2:15
Elvis at Sun 2004 BMG Heritage 2:04
Country Top Hits of the Fifties 2007
Various Artists
Collectables / Sony BMG 2:04
No Image 2008 Hear Music
Routes of Rockabilly 2009
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage 2:06
Sixteen Timeless Classic Hits 2009
Various Artists
Sun Record Company 2:06
No Image 2009 Legacy / RCA 2:04
The Rock 'n Roll [Box Set] 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody 2:03
Hits of the ‘50s 2010 Jasmine Records 2:04
Sun Records' Greatest Hits 2010
Various Artists
Curb 2:05
A Date with Elvis/Elvis Is Back! 2011 Hoo Doo Records / Hoodoo 2:07
The 1950s 2014 Sony Legacy 2:04
A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings 2017 Legacy / RCA / Sony Music 2:22
Masters of Music: Essential Original Albums 2017 Intermusic / Masters of Music 2:09
Elvis Presley: The Searcher [Original Soundtrack] 2018 Legacy / RCA / Sony CMG / Sony Music 0:00
300 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll
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Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:04
Absolutely Rockabilly
Various Artists
Delta Leisure Group / Music Digital 2:05
Birthday Celebration: 75th ZYX 2:04
Don't Be Cruel [Membran] Membran 2:03
Elvis: Gold Not Now Music 2:04
Hound Dog
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Bellevue Publishing 2:04
It's Country [Play 27-7]
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Play 24-7 / Play 27-7 2:03
No Image
Various Artists
The Early Beatles Repertoire 1960-61: Beatles Beginnings Nine
Various Artists
Rhythm and Blues 2:03
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:04
Time Life: '60s Country
Various Artists
Time Life 2:03