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Blue Moon

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart

Recorded: August 19, 1954, Memphis Recording Service (Sun Studio), Memphis
Released master is take 6.

Single: w/ "Just Because", 47-6640 (20-6640 for 78rpm), August 31, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0613, September 30, 1958

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#42 on Cash Box Top Singles
#55 on Billboard Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Presley - March 23, 1956
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My Spin

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The fact that Elvis tried out the pop classic "Blue Moon" in his earliest Sun Studio sessions shows his diversity, even at that early stage. It's an odd sound, to be sure, especially to early fans who probably skipped this one to go to the rock cuts on Elvis' debut album. But it does grow on you over the years, and there's no denying the appeal of the young Elvis' haunting falsetto vocals over that sparse background. Eerie, weird and wonderful!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

'Blue Moon', the Rodgers and Hart song from 1934, receives a totally unique performance. Presley's high-register voice exerts a hypnotic fascination. The accompaniment is simple, but effective: gently picking on acoustic guitar and bass, with a hazy sound-image that both mirrors the song, and provides the perfect background to Presley's singing.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis' rendition of a 1949 Mel Torme hit, recorded by Sam Phillips at Sun Studio in Memphis, July 1954. If nothing else, the selection of the song at that stage reveals a great deal about his musical predilection and tastes - it was recorded at the same session as "That's All Right (Mama)".

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

Surely the influence of Slim Whitman ... is here... Elvis' falsetto is unlike Slim's; its a chilling, clue falsetto, closer in some ways to Jimmie Rodgers... ["Blue Moon"] had been recorded so prolifically that its hard to know where Elvis Presley heard it. Tellingly, Elvis skips the bridge and the final verse that contains the happy ending, neatly transforming the 32-bar pop classic into an eerie 16-bar blues. Why did Phillips let Elvis record songs like this and "Tomorrow Night" without any intention of releasing them? He said he didn't have the heart to tell Elvis to stop...

The Elvis Sun Sessions: 1954 - from the excellent 706 Union Avenue Sessions website!

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"Blue Moon" Lyrics and Downloads

Blue moon,
You saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue moon,
You knew just what I was there for.
You heard me saying a pray for
Someone I really could care for.

Blue moon,
You saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue moon...
Without a love of my own.

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What's YOUR Spin?!
What do YOU think of "Blue Moon"? Yea or Nea?

Yea! Great Sun Ballad!

Nea! No One I Really Could Care For

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