BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY

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  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
    “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is a waltz written in 1947 by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe
    and recorded by his band, The Blue Grass Boys. The song has since been recorded by
    Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Rory Gallagher, LeAnn Rimes, Paul
    McCartney, Boxcar Willie, Ray Charles and others.
    Bill Monroe wrote the song in 1947, but didn’t record it until three years later. Carl
    Perkins played an up-tempo version of this song in his early live performances. When the
    just starting out Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore, completed a take
    of the song in July 1954, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips exclaimed, “BOY, that’s fine,
    that’s fine. That’s a POP song now!” Presley responded, “That sounds like Carl Perkins!”
    Elvis Presley’s version went to number one on the country charts across the American
    South in 1954. This song was the second recorded by Presley, and released by Sun
    Records. According to guitarist Scotty Moore, it was bassist Bill Black who began
    playing an irreverent version of the song during an up until then unproductive recording
    session to produce a second side for the previously recorded Thats Alright Mama“.
    Presley and Moore then joined in.
    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
    Wish blown 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
    Wish blown high
    Love said good-bye
    Blue moon of Kentucky
    Keep on shining
    Shine on the one that’s gone and left me blue