Hi everybody, thanks to DougJ for hooking me up with posting privileges. Here is your song of the week. Feel free to criticize, celebrate, suggest your alternative song of the week, or treat as an open thread.
Elvis Presley, “Blue Moon” (1954)
It’s about time the King made an appearance around here. Recorded in 1954 at Memphis’s Sun studios, with Sam Phillips producing, and Scotty Moore and Bill Black providing support on guitar and bass, this unassuming little thing almost always requires a twist of the volume knob. It sneaks in like one late to the curtain, and then somehow becomes the show itself. It was never a hit of any kind, though it showed up here and there often enough: thrown onto Presley’s first album along with other unreleased Sun material; then released as the A-side of a no-hit single in September 1956, a casual afterthought for RCA, busy by then spewing out Elvis product in every direction, and finally, 20 years later, on the Sun Sessions album. It’s really weird, but it’s good.
Update: Hmm, it doesn’t seem to want to embed for me. User error, no doubt. Here’s a link. I will get it figured out next time! Thanks for your patience…