The Blue Moon Boys (2006) "Hell, that's different. That's a pop song now, nearly 'bout," Sun Records' producer Sam Phillips famously enthused on hearing neophyte Elvis Presley turn the bluegrass… 2006-08-01 Nonfiction Chicago Review
Book Review

The Blue Moon Boys (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2006; Writer: Dan Griffin; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Chicago Review

''Hell, that's different. That's a pop song now, nearly 'bout,'' Sun Records' producer Sam Phillips famously enthused on hearing neophyte Elvis Presley turn the bluegrass waltz ''Blue Moon of Kentucky'' into rock's seminal lightning bolt. But the Pelvis had help from guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black (drummer D.J. Fontana later joined the band). In The Blue Moon Boys, the first book to focus on the formative trio, Ken Burke and Dan Griffin sometimes employ fan-club prose and off-color anecdotes, and omit the fact that Black's next band played on the Beatles' 1964 U.S. tour. Still, they offer substantive info about the boys whose rock made Presley roll.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints