RCA 47 6636 Black Label Dog On Top
Side A. Blue Suede Shoes
Side B. Tutti Frutti
Blue Suede Shoes entered the Hot 100 at number 24, it remained on the chart for twelve weeks.
Number 9 was the position of this 45 in the UK in June 1956, catalogue No .7m 405, and was released on His Master's Voice label, with gold or silver lettering on a purple label
Elvis recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" at RCA's New York Studio on January 30th 1956, the main reason for this session was to lay down tracks for his album release, and according to Sam Phillips, Steve Sholes promised not to release the track as a single, while Carl Perkins's record was still in the chart. According to Scotty Moore, Elvis made the song as more a tribute to his friend more than anything else, he had been talking to the band about it, but wasn't sure he could better it, and then he just decided to do it, recalls Scotty. Elvis give this the full works, it is a touch faster and has more energy to it.
"Tutti Frutti", was recorded the day after on the 31st though in my opinion Elvis doesn't quite capture the vibrant rawness of the original but still does a great vocal job on the track.
Blue Suede Shoes - Recorded January 30th 1956, RCA Studio 1, New York
Tutti Frutti - Recorded January 31st 1956, RCA Studio 1, New York
RCA Studios, New York City
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Shorty Long - Piano
US - July 13th 1956
UK - September 1956
US - 24
UK - 9