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Blue Moon of Kentucky

Bill Monroe is considered the father of bluegrass music, and his recording of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is considered one of the most important recordings in the genre. The song was originally recorded in 1946 but was not released until 1947, and it quickly became a hit. Monroe continued to perform the song throughout his career, and it remains one of his most popular recordings.

So why did Bill Monroe record “Blue Moon of Kentucky”? There are a few theories. Some believe that he recorded the song because he loved the sound of the bluegrass genre. Others believe that he recorded the song as a tribute to his home state of Kentucky, while others say that he was honoring the memory of his mother, who died on the same day that the song was recorded. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is one of Monroe’s most iconic songs.

Some scholars believe that the song “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was influential in the development of Elvis Presley’s musical style. Elvis recorded his rendition of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” July 6, 1954 The song is an old bluegrass standard that was popularized by Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys in the 1940s.

In 2003, the song was added to the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.   That same year CMT ranked the song as #11 of the 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

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