"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 the Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. 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 Of Kentucky" 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 uptempo version of this song in his early live performances.
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 uptempo 4/4 rendition. In 1968, Al Kooper recorded a version for his debut solo album ''I Stand Alone''.
"You Can't Sit Down" is a song best known in two versions: the 1961 Philip Upchurch Combo original instrumental, and a vocal cover version by the Dovells that reached number three on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1963. It is based, at least in part, on the gospel song "Sit Down Servant".
The song was set to two Disney cartoons in D-TV, "The Hockey Champ" and "Hockey Homicide". The Philadelphia 76ers used a modified version of the song with team-specific lyrics for the franchise's marketing campaign during the 1991–92 season.
In 1962 it appeared as a cover on Booket T. and the MGs first album, ''Green Unions. Also the Bar Kays and Hound Dog Taylor have recorded it (on albums Soul Finger and Natural Boogie). In 1964 the Kingsmen released a version on their LP THe Kingsmen In Person.
The song references "South Street", which is the same good-time area the Orlons sang about in their 1963 song South Street. The Orlons and the Dovells were both from Philidelphia.
MARCH 2, 1963 SATURDAY
Priscilla Beaulieu's father strikes a deal with Elvis Presley in Los Angeles, allowing the teenage girl to live at Graceland Mansion during her senior year in high school.
Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins make what proves to be their final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
MARCH 3, 1963 SUNDAY
The Texas state legislature in Austin recognizes George Jones as an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy.
Patsy Cline gives what proves to be her final show, a benefit at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, for the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call. He had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier. Call was a longtime DJ for KCKN, but had switched to KCMK a week before his death on January 25, 1963, at the age of 39. Also performing in the show were George Jones, George Riddle and The Jones Boys, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, George McCormick, the Clinch Mountain Boys as well as Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins.
Cline, ill with the flu, gave three performances, at 2 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., with an 8 p.m. show added due to popular demand. All the shows were standing-room only. For the 2 p.m. show, she wore a sky-blue tulle-laden dress; for the 5:15 show a red shocker; and for the closing show at 8 p.m., Cline wore white chiffon, closing the evening to a thunderous ovation. Her final song was the last she had recorded the previous month, "I'll Sail My Ship Alone".
MARCH 4, 1963 MONDAY
Decca Records released Loretta Lynn's ''The Other Woman''.
MARCH 5, 1963 TUESDAY
A plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, claims the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and pilot Randy Hughes as they return to Nashville from a benefit concert in Kansas City.
Jim Reeves remakes ''Don't Let Me Cross Over'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. His vocal is salvaged more than 15 years later and paired with new instrumental tracks and a performance by singer Deborah Allen.
RCA released Jeanne Pruett's first single. It takes another 10 years before she realizes her first hit.
MARCH 7, 1963 THURSDAY
Jim Reeves leaves Nashville to begin filming ''Kimberly Jim'' in South Africa.
Jack Anglin dies in an auto accident on the way to Patsy Cline's memorial service in Nashville. A former member of The Anglin Brothers trio, he joined Johnnie Wright to create Johnnie and Jack, earning hits from 1951-1958.
Rick Nelson performs ''You Don't Love Me Anymore'' during an episode of ABC's ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.
MARCH 8, 1963 FRIDAY
The Dillards, a bluegrass group that influences The Eagles, first appear on ''The Andy Griffith Show'' in their recurring role as The Darlings.
Stonewall Jackson recorded ''B.J. The D.J.''.
MARCH 9, 1963 SATURDAY
Connie Smith and her husband, Jerry, have a son, Darren Justin Smith.
The Grand Ole Opry observes a minute silence for Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes and Jack Anglin.
MARCH 10, 1963 SUNDAY
The funeral for Patsy Cline draws 25,000 onlookers in Winchester, Virginia, who watch as her body is driven from Jones Funeral Home to the burial grounds, Shenandoah Memorial Park.
Bass player Jeff Ament is born in Havre, Montana. He's a founding member of the Seattle alternative rock band Pearl Jam, mentioned in the lyrics of the 1996 Lonestar hit ''No News''.
Record producer Rick Rubin is born in Long Beach, New York. After working with such acts as The Beastie Boys and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, he produces Johnny Cash's latter-dat recordings and The Dixie Chicks' album ''Taking The Long Way''.
MARCH 11, 1963 MONDAY
Capitol released Buck Owens'''Act Naturally''.
Banjo player David Talbot is born. A founder of the bluegrass band The Grascals, he appears on the Reba McEntire single ''I'm Gonna Take That Mountain''.
In March 1963, with Jerry Lee Lewis's interest purported to be on the wane in anticipation of his contract with Sun ending the following September, he treated his fifteen-year-old sister Linda Gail to a day out in the studio to study the recording of yet another attempt to make a hit out of an rhythm and blues song, this time it was Big Joe Turner's ''Teenage Letter'' that got the Lewis treatment. Not untypically most of the original lyrics were cast aside, with Jerry Lee inventing a few of his own, based on some simple maths, and then just hollering his way through a couple of minutes in competition with the saxophone. Released as Sun 384, which proved to be his penultimate original Sun single, it went nowhere. On the flip they placed a duet with Linda Gail, ''Seasons Of My Heart'', it didn't help. (*)
"Season Of My Heart" is a song written by George Jones and Darrell Edwards. The song was released as the b-side to the number 4 hit "Why Baby Why" in 1955. The song was also recorded by Johnny Cash and, released in 1960, it became a number 10 hit. The song was one of Jones' best early ballads, included on many of his early studio and compilation albums with Starday and Mercury Records in the late 1950s. The song was even included on his debut 1957 album "The Grand Ole Opry's New Star", which was Starday's first album release in the label's history.
"Seasons of My Heart" originally appeared as the B-side to George Jones' first chart hit "Why Baby Why" in 1955. The imagery-laden song was an early showcase of Jones' abilities as a balladeer, although he sang in much higher during this period than he would later in his career. Former Starday Records president Don Pierce later explained to Jones biographer Bob Allen, "Pappy realized George's strength as a balladeer long before I did. He felt that ''Seasons Of My Heart'' was a big song. I knew that, in those days, it took much longer to sell a ballad, because it had to make it on the radio first...I also knew that an upbeat song like 'Why, Baby Why' would be easier to sell directly to the jukebox distributors for the beer-drinkin' trade''.
Other significant recordings; Johnny Cash recorded the song for his 1960 album "Now, There Was A Song!". Kitty Wells recorded the song as a title track to her 1960 album. Willie Nelson recorded the song for his 1966 album "Country Favorites-Willie Nelson Style".
"Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves On The Trees)" is a song written by Eddie Fontaine, Cirino Colacrai, Diane Lampert and John Gluck, Jr., and first released by Eddie Fontaine in 1958. It has been covered by The Beatles, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Dr. Feelgood, Billy Fury, and of course, here by Linda Gail Lewis, and others.
Believe it or not, this wasn't the first time that Jerry Lee Lewis had prevailed on Sam Phillips to put Linda Gail in front of a microphone. Back in December 13, 1960, she and Jerry's older sister, Frankie Jean, had cut their own version of ''Love Made A Fool Of Me'' two months after Jerry's version of the tune was recorded. Lina Gail also left her version of ''Good Golly Miss Molly'' in the can on the same date. Neither track has seen the light of day.
Released as the b-side of the ''What'd I Say'' single from the same film, "Viva Las Vegas" charted separately from its A-side, a modest hit reaching number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The Elvis version of "What'd I Say" peaked at number 21, the two sides having equivalent appeal in the marketplace. "Viva Las Vegas" reached number 12 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart, improving to #15 after a reissue in 2007.
In the years since its first release, the song has become one of Presley's most recognized numbers. In the 1990s and 2000s, the song appeared in countless movies and TV sitcoms, either as a reference to the city of Las Vegas, or simply as an expression of joy or bewilderment in related comedic situations.
In 2002, the city of Las Vegas requested Elvis Presley Enterprises, the company that handles a portion of Elvis's legacy and all Elvis-related music rights, to allow it to be the official song of the city. Negotiations stalled over the price requested by EPE, notwithstanding that EPE had not controlled the copyright to the song since 1993, at which time it became the property of the families of the songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Since EPE no longer owns the copyright to the song, it essentially means that EPE does not have the authority or right to negotiate the use of the song "Viva Las Vegas" within the United States, its territories and possessions, although EPE may be able to negotiate the use of the actual Elvis recording of the song.
JULY 9, 1963 TUESDAY
Ernest Tubb makes his first attempt at recording ''Thanks A Lot'' in an evening session at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Waylon Jennings signs a recording contract with A&M Records. Herb Alpert produces the first single under the deal, ''Love Denied'' backed with a remake of the Buddy Holly song ''Rave On''.
Vocalist Mary Ford files for divorce from guitarist Les Paul in Los Angeles, charging her husband with cruelty.
Tucker persuaded his friend, lyricist Bob Dorough (later of Schoolhouse Rock! fame), to write a lyric for the tune, and producer Nesuhi Ertegun persuaded singer Mel Tormé, who had recently joined the Atlantic label, to record it. Tormé was initially reluctant to record the song, and later wrote that: "It was a minor-key blues tune with trite repetitious lyrics and an 'answer' pattern to be sung by the Cookies, a girl trio that had once worked for Ray Charles. The recording took place in New York City on 13 September 1962.
Despite Tormé's reservations, his version of the song, with an arrangement by Claus Ogerman, rose to no.36 on the Billboard pop chart in November 1962, becoming his biggest hit since the early 1950s; it reached number 13 on the UK singles chart. It was also the title track of his album ''Comin' Home Baby!'' with added explamation mark. Tormé's recording was nominated as Best Male Solo Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm and Blues Performance at the1963 Grammy Awards.
The song has been covered numerous times including versions by Quincy Jones, Danny Gatton, Hank Jones, David Sanborn, The Kingsmen and Sergio Mendes, and was musical quoted by The Spencer Davis Group on their 1967 single ''I'm A Man''.
"Comin' Home Baby" was recorded by Canadian crooner Michael Buble, and released as the fifth and final single from his third studio album, ''Call Me Irresponsible. The single was released on April 25, 2008, exclusively in Germany. It features vocals from the Grammy Award-winning vocal harmony group Boyz II. No video was filmed for the song, and there was little to no promotion, causing the release to not appear in any major charts worldwide, with the exception of Germany, where the song peaked at number 17.
In August 1963 Jerry Lee Lewis returned to 639 Madison Avenue for the last time as an artist contracted to the Sun Record Company. The products of the first of two days in the studio included a contrasting pair of readings of Hoagy Carmichael's ''Hong Kong Blues'' and a duo of pop-country songs, ''Love On Broadway'' and ''Your Lovin' Ways'', both of which would emerge on Sun International records. (*)
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Hong Kong Blues" is a popular song composed by American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael in 1939. It was featured in the 1943 film ''To Have And Have Not'', an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel by the same name. Former Beatle George Harrison covered the tune on his 1981 album, Somewhere in England. Also, the Quebecer Dédé Fortin presented his cover of Hong Kong Blues with Les Colocs on their album Atrocetomique.
At the time, few could have predicted that Jerry Lee Lewis' final session for Sun on August 28, would turn out to be the single most productive day's work in terms of chart success, garnering three top ten country hits. The recordings concerned were, of course, to lay dormant for six years until the time came to capitalise on Jerry Lee's comeback as a major country star. In the late 1960s on Smash Records. It's tempting to speculate that ''Invitation To Your Party'', ''One Minute Past Eternity'' and ''I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye'' had been released and promoted by Sam Phillips in 1963, Jerry Lee might have been spared his locust years. The reality is that his first single on Smash, ''Pen And Paper'', released in October that year, which bore more than a passing resemblance to these August 28 recordings, failed to stir up any interest and there 's no reason to suppose that in the circumstances of the day of this Sun material would have fared ant better. Perhaps it was simple ahead of its time. It all nonetheless amounted to a veritable treasure-trove that Shelby Singleton was not shy of exploiting in the wake of Jerry Lee's breakthrough in 1968 with the much more penetrating hard country sound of ''Another Place, Another Time'' and ''What's Made Milwaukee Famous''. What is most surprising is that until the release of this set, so much of the treasure remained buried; finally Bear Family has unearthed the remaining gems. (*)
SEPTEMBER 6, 1963 FRIDAY
Mark Chesnutt is born in Beaumont, Texas. With honky tonk forming the center point for his music, he emerges with ''Too Cold At Home'' in 1990 and becomes one of the steadiest hitmakers of the decade.
Singer/songwriter Mark Luna is born. He writes Lee Roy Parnell's ''When A Woman Love A Man'', and provides background vocals on Lari White's ''That's My Baby'' and Chad Brock's ''Yes!''.
Ray Charles pays $52,000 for property on Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he makes his home and establishes an office and recording studio. In 1962, he made country mainstream with ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music''.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1963 SUNDAY
Songwriter Gary Baker is born in Niagara Falls, New York. His successes include John Michael Montgomery's ''I Swear'', Reba McEntire's ''One Honest Heart'', Lonestar's ''I;m Already There'' and Alabama's ''Once Upon A Lifetime''.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1963 MONDAY
''The Bobby Lord Show'' debuts on WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. Within two years, the music program is syndicated.
SEPTEMBER 10, 1963 TUESDAY
Marty Robbins recorded ''Begging To You'' during an evening session at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1963 WEDNESDAY
Elvis Presley finished filming ''Viva Las Vegas'' with Ann-Margret.
Jimmy C. Newman recorded the Tom T. Hall-penned ''D.J. For A Day''.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1963 THURSDAY
The National Life and Casualty Insurance Company purchases Nashville's Ryman Auditorium from the city of Nashville for $200,000 and officially recognizes it as the Grand Ole Opry House.
The Louvin Brothers, already officially split, recorded together for the last time. Their final collaboration, ''What Would You Take In Exchange For My Soul''.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1963 SATURDAY
Hoping to end a boycott by major folk artists, ABC invites ''Gotta Travel On'' songwriter Pete Seeger to appear on ''Hootenanny''. When the network demands he sign an oath of loyalty to the U.S., he declines and the boycott continues.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1963 SUNDAY
Brenda Lee checks in to Nashville's Saint Thomas Hospital with a stomach ailment.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1963 MONDAY
Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx is born in Chicago. He makes waves in country music by producing Emerson Drive and co-writing the Keith Urban's ''Better Life'', ''Everybody'' and ''Long Hot Summer''.
Capitol released The Beatles' pop single ''She Loves You''. The song's trademark ''yeah, yeah, yeah'' is borrowed three decades later for Joe Diffie country hit ''Bigger Than The Beatles''.
SEPTEMBER 17, 1963 TUESDAY
The Stanley Brothers recorded ''Don't Cheat In Our Hometown'' in Cincinnati, Ohio. The song is remade two decades later by Stanley admirer Ricky Skaggs.
The western series ''Laramie'' ends a four-year run on NBC. ''Georgia On My Mind'' songwriter Hoagy Carmichael acted during the first season.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1963 WEDNESDAY
Johnny Cash recorded ''Bad News'' at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studio.
The Gene Autry Hotel Company acquires the 500-room Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood.
SEPTEMBER 19, 1963 THURSDAY
Jeff Bates is born in Bunker Hill, Mississippi. With a voice reminiscent of Conway Twitty, he nabs a Top 10 hit in 2003 with ''The Love Song''.
Four years after a similar program disappeared from the CBS daytime lineup, ''The Jimmy Dean Show'' debuts on ABC-TV during prime-time.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1963 SATURDAY
The CBS western ''Have Gun, Will Travel'' makes its final prime-time appearance. Johnny Western performs the theme song, ''The Ballad Of Paladin''.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1963 SUNDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis holds his first recording session for Smash Records at the Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
''The Real McCoys'' airs for the final time on CBS, ending a six-year run for the hayseed series. The previous year, the sitcom's star, Walter Brennan, earned a country hit with the recitation ''Old Rivers''.
''To All The Girls I've Loved Before'' singer Julio Iglesias suffers a compressed spine in a near-fatal car crash in Madrid, Spain. He learns to play guitar during his recovery.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1963 TUESDAY
The CNS sitcom ''Petticoat Junction'' makes its prime-time debut, with a theme song co-written and sung by Curt Massey, formerly of Louise Massey and The Westerners''.
Columbia Records released Johnny Cash's ''The Matador''.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 WEDNESDAY
The Jim Reeves movie ''Kimberley Jim'' has its world premiere in South Africa. This South African musical comedy film directed by Emil Nofal and starring Jim Reeves, Madeleine Usher and Clive Parnell. Its plot follows an American singer who takes part in the Kiberley diamond rush in 1880s South Africa.
Keyboard player Billy Welch is born in Greenwich, Connecticut. After playing in the road band of Trace Adkins, Julie Reeves and Mindy McCready, he joins the band Rushlow, which gains a hit with its 2003 debut single ''I Can't Be Your Friend''.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1963 FRIDAY
The National Life and Accident Insurance Company pays $200,000 to buy the Ryman Auditorium from the city of Nashville, and renames it the Grand Ole Opry House.
SEPTEMBER 28, 1963 SATURDAY
The Dillards appear on the ABC folk music show ''Hootenanny''.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1963 SUNDAY
The Everly Brothers begin a headlining tour of England with Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones and Little Richard opening. Their first venue, London's New Victoria Theater.
SEPTEMBER 30, 1963
Sandra Jean Betts delivers a baby girl, Sheila, in Los Angeles. The child is already the subject of a paternity suit against Ray Charles, who had made history the previous year with ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Musis''.
Eddie Montgomery is born in Lancaster, Kentucky. He joins Troy Gentry to form the Southern rock-tinged Montgomery Gentry, winning Vocal Duo of the Year honors from the Country Music Association in 2000. The duo joins the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.