BLUE SUEDE SHOES was considered one of the first Rock and Roll songs and was recorded by several other singers in 1956. On the band wagon were Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, “Thumper” Jones (better known as George Jones), Jerry Mercer, and even Lawrence Welk.
Regardless who sang the words over the years, Elvis Presley made the song his own when he sang it on national television for the first time, not on the Ed Sullivan Show, but the Milton Berle Show. It is difficult for me to imagine anyone else strumming a guitar and gyrating to the words “Go, Cat, Go, but don’t you . . .” with the authority of the King of Rock and Roll. Not even the Beatles or Michael Jackson.
Elvis Presley recorded several songs with the word BLUE in the title, including Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Blue Christmas, and Blue Hawaii.