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Milcow blues boogie ( milk cow blues )

COVERED BY ELVIS

Milk Cow Blues - Milkcow Blues Boogie


recording date elvis: Friday 10 december 1954;studio
first release: on audio single milcow blues boogie ( 8 january 1955 )
label: sun
catalog number: 215


originally by: james kokomo Arnold

recording date: 10 september 1934
written by: Kokomo Arnold
catalognumber: 7026
label: decca



For the writer of "Milk Cow Blues," some sources list "Traditional," presumably meaning they don't know, others indicate Sleepy John Estes, and still others give Kokomo Arnold himself the credit. The song of the same title by Sleepy John Estes is a completely different number, so he, at least, can be eliminated. Arnold's own original recording, made on 10 September, 1934, and released on Decca 7026 (blue label "race" series) that same year, lists Arnold himself as the sole writer.
Certainly not traditional was Elvis's breaking into the number after a few seconds to announce, "Hold it fellahs. That don't move me let's get real, real gone for a change," before increasing the tempo, with Scotty and Bill tagging along. Anyone who thinks that Elvis copied other artists recordings in order to break into the business has clearly not listened to Elvis's early renditions. His own version of this song, for example, bears little resemblance to Kokomo Arnold's original. Rather, it seems to indicate that Elvis had listened to thousands of pieces, some of which had left traces somewhere in his memory, traces he used to create something very different.


Milk Cow Blues
performed by:
Kokomo Arnold

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Milkcow Blues boogie
performed by:
Elvis presley

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