Moody Blue (song)

"Moody Blue"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Moody Blue
B-side "She Thinks I Still Care"
Released November 29, 1976
Recorded February 4, 1976
Genre Country rock
Length 2:53
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mark James
Producer(s) Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Moody Blue"
"Way Down"

"Moody Blue" is a song made famous by Elvis Presley. The song was written by Mark James[1] who also penned Elvis' "Suspicious Minds". "Moody Blue" was Presley's last No. 1 hit in his lifetime, topping the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in February 1977.[2] "Moody Blue" also peaked at number thirty-one on the Hot 100.[3] RCA Records also issued an extremely limited quantity of the "Moody Blue" single in an experimental translucent blue vinyl pressing, with "She Thinks I Still Care" as the B-side. Six months after "Moody Blue" topped the chart, Presley was dead.

The song was recorded in February 1976 in the Jungle Room of Presley's Graceland home. The only time Elvis performed the song in its entirety was on February 21, 1977 at a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had attempted to perform the song February 20 at the same venue but revealed to the crowd that he had completely forgotten the song; he returned on February 21, lead sheet in hand, and performed the song with his eyes glued to the lyrics. Both the February 20 false-start and the February 21 performance were recorded on soundboard in good sound quality and were released officially in 2007 by the Follow That Dream label; still photos of the February 21 performance also exist. The complete version was first released on bootleg by the Fort Baxter label in 1995.[4]

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Chart (1976–77) Peak
Australia 17
Canadian RPM Top Singles 57
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [5] 2
New Zealand [6] 7
US Billboard Hot 100 31
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[7] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (1977) Rank
Australia KMR [8] 47
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary [9]
New Zealand [10] 26

Preceded by
"Near You"
by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

February 19, 1977
Succeeded by
"Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow"
by Tom Jones


  1. "Moody Blue". Allmusic. 2007-06-21.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 273.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 504.
  4. "February 21, 1977 Concert". Elvis Presley In Concert. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  6. "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1977-05-29. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1977-02-19. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  9. MBAJ&printsec=frontcover Billboard, December 24, 1977.
  10. "Top Selling Singles of 1977 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1977-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
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