Elvis’ Rockabilly “Blue Moon of Kentucky” Took America By Storm
The future 'King of Rock and Roll', Elvis Presley, started out on his momentous musical career in mid-1954 with his first single, "That's All Right" hitting airwaves on July 19th. The 'B' side to the single held an upbeat/uptempo cover...
Launched as the flip side of his debut single, this track soared high on various charts during the first year the world was introduced to the iconic music legend.
The future ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley, started out on his momentous musical career in mid-1954 with his first single, “That’s All Right” hitting airwaves on July 19th. The ‘B’ side to the single held an upbeat/uptempo cover of a bluegrass waltz that would go on to become a key in country music’s history – just like the man singing.
While Elvis and his producers were looking for another song to release alongside “That’s All Right” they discovered their saving grace thanks to one of the future pioneers of rock and roll, Bill Black – who started playing it just goofing off, but it caught Presley’s ear and they rolled with it.
Shortly after recording it, the single was given to a couple of local disc jockeys became fixed on the music, slipping both sides of the single into their easy listening playlists and pitted Presley’s tune against the likes of Nat Cole, Tony Bennett, and more.
Since that time, the song has become a true staple of American history and even was chosen to be added into the United States Library of Congress National Recording Registry in the early 2000s.
In addition to Elvis’ version, other popular country acts have recorded the song, including the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe.
Listen to this truly enchanting and storied tune in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!