Originally written and recorded by Kokomo Arnold in 1935, Milk Cow Blues is a song that has been covered by an array of artists including the likes of Eddie Cochran, The Kinks, Willie Nelson, Mungo Jerry and Jerry Lee Lewis (and this is to name but a few).
Without a doubt, however, one of my favourite versions of this little blues gem is Elvis’ rendition which he put out on Sun Records in 1955. Accompanied by Scotty Moore on guitar, Elvis’ groovin’, upbeat rockabilly version was renamed Milkcow Blues Boogie and, as far as the arrangement goes, was more akin to Bob Wills version than the Arnold original.
Sun Records released the song as a single in January 8, 1955 with You’re a Heartbreaker as the flipside. RCA Victor Records also released the single in December 1955 and in 1959 Milkcow Blues Boogie was later included on Presley’s 1959 album A Date with Elvis…. I love the early Elvis stuff like this! He was built for rock’n’roll!!! Check it out above!
The LP Blog is taking a few days off, but will be back later this week! Until then, enjoy!