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When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again

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(Walker / Sullivan)

 

Information:

When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again was written by Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan in 1941 and recorded by them that same year (Columbia 20264). Walker was inspired to write the song while traveling in West Texas with the full moon on his face. As he drove down the highway, daybreak approached. Walker noted the apparent change of color of the moon from a blueish tint to gold. Other popular versions of When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again include those by Zeke Manners and his band, the Singing Lariateers, in 1947 (RCA 20-2130) and by Tex Ritter in 1949 (Capitol 1977).

 

Elvis recorded When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again on September 2, 1956, at Radio Recorders. Although not released as a single, the song reached #27 on Billboard's Top 100 chart based on the strength of its appearance on the EP Elvis, Volume 1 . It had a 15-week stay on the chart. Elvis sang When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again in his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (January 6, 1957).

 

Lyrics:

1. Oh, well when my blue moon turns to gold again

When the rainbow turns the clouds away
Well, when my blue moon turns to gold again
You'll be back within my arms to stay

2. When the memories that linger in my heart
Memories that gonna make my heart grow cold
Well, you know some day they'll gonna live again, sweetheart
And my blue moon again will turn to gold

 

1. 2. 1. 2. 1. (repeat)

 
Where it was released:

First released on Elvis »


Singles:

- When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again / Follow That Dream (Collectables DPE1-1015 4515) December 1986.

 

EPs:

- Elvis, Volume 1 (1956) »

- Elvis / Jay P. Morgan (1956) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis (1956) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2 – The Other Sides (1971) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

– The Legendary Magic of Elvis Presley (1980) »

– Country Music (1981) - Time Life »

- A Golden Celebration (1984)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Great Country Songs (1996)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Tiger Man (1998)

- Memories of the ’68 Comeback Special (1998)

- Burbank ’68 (1999) – FTD »

- Country Collection (2001)

- Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride / The Original Roots of Elvis Presley (2002) – Charly / Snapper

- Great Country Songs – Remastered (2003)

- Elvis (2005)

- Let Yourself Go (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley / Elvis (2007) – Hallmark

- Introducing Elvis (2007)

- Readymade Digs Elvis (2007)

- The Complete ’68 Comeback Special (2008)

– Elvis (2014) - FTD »
– Rebel With a Cause '56 (2018) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

-- From the Waist Up (1976) - Golden Archives

- The King Goes Wild (1975) - Wilde Productions

- The Burbank Sessions, Volume 1 (1979) - Audifon Records

- Susie Q (1985) - Astra

- Elvis Rocks and the Girls Roll (1986) - Pink and Black

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