A mess of blues on a cloudy day

In his lifetime, Elvis Presley released 19 different songs with some form of the word “blue” in the title. Here’s how I rank them:

Elvis rehearsing in 1970

Elvis rehearsing in 1970

#1 Blue Moon
#2 A Mess Of Blues
#3 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues
#4 Indescribably Blue
#5 Moody Blue
#6 Mean Woman Blues
#7 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
#8 Blue Suede Shoes
#9 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
#10 G.I. Blues
#11 Something Blue
#12 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
#13 Steamroller Blues
#14 Blueberry Hill
#15 Blue Christmas
#16 Blue Hawaii
#17 Milkcow Blues Boogie
#18 Beach Boy Blues
#19 Blue River

Your weather may vary, but today has been dreary here. Here’s hoping for some blue skies soon.

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A quick programming note: I’ve decided to extend the reign of King Creole as The Mystery Train Blog’s featured movie to the rest of the year. The film deserves more posts than I am able to devote to it in a single quarter. Look for the next King Creole post in a week or two.

8 thoughts on “A mess of blues on a cloudy day

  1. Troy….love the fact that you put ‘Indescribably Blue’….at #4….I have always loved that song and think it is one of his very, very….. ‘most’… underated songs! I have to say that I would put ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at the # 1 spot over ‘Blue Moon’. Watching and listening to Elvis sing ….’Shoes……for his screen test in ’56…..still blows my mind…..and I think he may have been lip-synching!! Of course, as a teen-ager, I adored that song!

    [Moved the Aloha From Hawaii: Legacy Edition review portion of this comment over to: http://themysterytrainblog.com/2013/04/05/never-say-goodbye-to-aloha-from-hawaii/#comment-2622 –Conductor]

    Hope your tomorrow turns sunny. TCB Clementine

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    • “After all, tomorrow is another day.” –Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind

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      Funny how two people can see the same thing in such a different way. I’ve never been a fan of the “Blue Suede Shoes” screen test since it made its debut on one of the Elvis: The Great Performances videos.

      He is lip-synching, so maybe that is the reason, but the whole thing feels “off” to me. He seems like he’s trying too hard.

      I’m sure it was one of the most exciting days of his life to that point, though, and that he was extremely nervous. I’d also be interested in seeing his acting screen tests where he tries out scenes from The Rainmaker.

      “I’ve had people ask me was I gonna sing in the movies. I’m not, I mean as far as I know, ’cause I took strictly an acting test, and I wouldn’t care too much about singing in the movies.” –Elvis Presley, April 14, 1956

      The “Blue Suede Shoes” screen test should have been the first indicator to Elvis that his movie career might not turn out the way he had imagined. It makes me sad to watch it, sometimes.

      Thanks for commenting, Clementine.

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  2. Troy…..yes, it is interesting how two folks can have opposite views..I have always loved that clip…I could be wrong, but read somewhere… that after Norman Taureg saw the clip …he immediately signed Elvis to a contract. Of course, he helped ruin Elvis’ movie career by making…’surefire Elvis movies’…and in the end did Elvis no favors. So …maybe… it is too bad he didn’t react as you did!!

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  3. Hi Troy, love post, have a cassette from Denmark I believe called Elvis Blue, with all these songs on there! Got it a Long time ago, first time I heard Blue River was on that tape, ahhh how time flies! I love Something Blue, and Indescribably Blue, great haunting ballads! I will trade you weather, supposed to be 100 degrees in Phoenix on Monday! It was only 95 today:( Hate thd heat!!! It’s coming your way soon! Take Care, and don’t be Blue…:) TCB!!

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    • Thanks, George. Still rainy here. It has been bizarre weather for us this year. I would actually like a bit of a heatwave (and I’m not normally one to ask for that).

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    • Haha, thanks Kees. The funny thing is, your article actually has two other news items in it as well that I’ve been planning to mention here on TMT whenever I can find the time.

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