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    "Blue Moon of Kentucky" Lyrics

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    "Blue Moon of Kentucky" is a waltz written in 1946 by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe and recorded by his band, The Blue Grass Boys. The song has since been recorded by many artists, including Elvis Presley. In 2003 the song was chosen to be added to the United States Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

    "Blue Moon" is the official bluegrass song of Kentucky. In 2002, Monroe's version was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 2003, CMT ranked "Blue Moon" number 11 in its list of 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

    Bill Monroe wrote the song in 1946, recording it for Columbia Records on September 16. It was released in early 1947. At the time, the Bluegrass Boys included vocalist and guitarist Lester Flatt and banjoist Earl Scruggs, who would later form their own bluegrass band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Both Flatt and Scruggs performed on the recording, although Bill Monroe supplied the vocals on this song.

    The song, described as a "bluegrass waltz", had become a United States wide hit by 1947 and also became enormously popular with other bluegrass, country and early rockabilly acts. The song was revered by the Grand Ole Opry and others; Carl Perkins played an up-tempo version of this song in his early live performances.

    "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (1954)

    The search for another song to release along with "That's All Right" at Sun Records in July 1954 led to "Blue Moon of Kentucky" via Bill Black. According to Scotty Moore:

    We all of us knew we needed something...and things seemed hopeless after a while. Bill is the one who came up with "Blue Moon of Kentucky"...We're taking a little break and he starts beating on the bass and singing "Blue Moon of Kentucky", mocking Bill Monroe, singing the high falsetto voice. Elvis joins in with him, starts playing and singing along with him

    — The Blue Moon Boys - The Story of Elvis Presley's Band,

    Presley, Moore and Black, with the encouragement of Sam Phillips, transformed Monroe's slow waltz, in 3/4 time, into an upbeat, blues-flavored tune in 4/4 time.

    After an early rendition of the song, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips exclaimed, "BOY, that's fine, that's fine. That's a POP song now!." As with all of the Presley records issued by Sun, the artists were listed and stylized as "ELVIS PRESLEY SCOTTY and BILL".

    The same night that Dewey Phillips first played the flip side of this first release of Presley's music on WHBQ, "That's All Right", Sleepy Eye John at WHHM loosed "Blue Moon of Kentucky". Bob Neal of WMPS played the record too. The pop jockeys, entranced by something new, began slipping "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" in amongst the easy listening pop of Teresa Brewer, Nat Cole, Tony Bennett and others.

    With Presley's version of Monroe's song consistently rated higher, both sides began to chart across the Southern United States. Billboard has the song listed only in Memphis, and as number 6 with That's All Right at number 7 on October 9 in the C&W Territorial Best Sellers. By October 23, "Blue Moon" was in the top 10 in Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans, with "That's All Right" absent from the listings.

    In 1954, the Stanley Brothers recorded a version of the song using Presley's 4/4 arrangement with bluegrass instrumentation, neatly bridging the stylistic gap between Monroe's and Presley's approaches. Bill Monroe subsequently re-recorded and performed the song using a mixture of the two styles, starting the song in its original 3/4 time arrangement, then launching into an up-tempo 4/4 rendition.

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    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue
    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue

    It was on a moonlight night
    The stars were shining bright
    And they whispered from on high
    Your love has said good-bye

    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and said good-bye

    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue
    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue

    It is on a moonlight night
    The stars shining bright
    They whispered from high
    Your love has said good-bye

    Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
    Shine on the one that's gone and said good-bye
    This song was submitted on November 19th, 2016 and last modified on November 30th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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