A Mess of Blues

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"A Mess of Blues"
A Mess of Blues 1960 45 RCA Elvis Presley.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4
A-side"It's Now or Never"
ReleasedJuly 5, 1960
Format7" 45 vinyl
RecordedMarch 20, 1960
GenreRock and roll, pop
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Stuck on You" / "Fame and Fortune"
"It's Now or Never" / "A Mess of Blues"
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" / "I Gotta Know"

"A Mess of Blues" is a song originally recorded by Elvis Presley for RCA Records in 1960, and written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Although released as the B-side to "It's Now or Never", "A Mess of Blues" reached number 32 in the U.S. and number 2 in the UK independently.

The song was published by Elvis Presley Music, Inc.

The recording appeared on the 1968 RCA Victor compilation Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4.


Sourced from Keith Flynn.[1]

The Blue Moon Boys

Additional musicians

Status Quo cover[edit]

"A Mess of Blues"
Single by Status Quo
from the album Back to Back
Released28 November 1983 (1983-11-28)
Format12", 7" vinyl
GenreBoogie rock
Songwriter(s)Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
Producer(s)Status Quo
Status Quo singles chronology
"Ol' Rag Blues"
"A Mess of Blues"
"Marguerita Time"

"A Mess of Blues" was covered by British rock band Status Quo in 1983. It was included on the album Back to Back.[2]

Due to a printing error, several hundred copies of the picture sleeve for this release were printed with the front and rear photographs inter-changed.

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "A Mess of Blues" (D Pomus/M Shuman) (3.22)
  2. "Big Man" (Lancaster/Green) (3.40)

12" single[edit]

  1. "A Mess of Blues" (Extended version) (D Pomus/M Shuman) (4.48)
  2. "Big Man" (Lancaster/Green) (3.40)
  3. "Young Pretender" (Rossi/Frost) (3.32)

Other versions[edit]

The song has been recorded by Tom Jones and Jools Holland, Peter and Gordon, John Hiatt, Alexis Korner, Delbert McClinton, Lee Curtis and the All-Stars, Henry McCullough Blues Band, Scotty Moore and Paul Ansell, Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding with The Jordanaires, P.J. Proby, and Led Zeppelin as part of a medley.[3]


Chart (1983) Position
UK Singles Chart 15
Ireland 12


  1. ^ Keith Flynn. Recording Sessions.
  2. ^ "Status Quo discography". statusquo.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  3. ^ Mess of Blues. Second Hand Songs.

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