Misty Blue

Album: Misty Blue (1976)
Charted: 5 3

Songfacts®:

  • This was originally a Country song written in 1966 for Eddy Arnold by Nashville veteran Bob Montgomery, who was Buddy Holly's high school singing partner. The song reached a bigger audience after it was covered by Ella Fitzgerald the following year. Joe Simon recorded the original R&B version in 1972.
  • Dorothy Moore was originally a member of the female vocal group The Poppies, who had a #56 pop hit in 1966 in the US with the song "Lullaby of Love." Moore went solo in the mid-'70s and her version of this song became her biggest hit. On backing vocals was her former Poppies bandmate Fern Kinney, who later in 1980 enjoyed a #1 hit in the UK with "Together We Are Beautiful."
  • This song has been covered by numerous other artists including Monica, whose version is featured on her 1998 album The Boy Is Mine. Moore's version is featured in the 1996 film Phenomenon. The 2007 X Factor winner Leon Jackson also recorded this on his debut album Right Now. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 6

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {December 18th} "Misty Blue" by Wilma Burgess peaked at #4 {for 1 week} on Billboard's 'Hot Country Singles' chart...
    Between 1965 and 1974 the Orlando, Florida native had fifteen records on the Hot Country Singles chart, two made the Top 10 with the above "Misty Blue" being her biggest hit...
    Besides "Misty Blue", her other Top 10 record was "Baby" {#7 in 1965}...
    She came close to having a third Top 10 record when her "Don't Touch Me" peaked at #12 in 1966...
    Two of her fifteen charted records were duets with Bud Logan, "Wake Me Into Love" {#14 in 1973} and "The Best Of The Rest of Our Love" {#53 on 1954}...
    Wilma Charlene Burgess passed away at the young age of 64 on August 26th, 2003 {heart attack}...
    May she R.I.P.
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the Hot Country Singles' Top 10 on December 18th, 1966:
    #1. "There Goes My Everything" by Jack Greene
    #2. "Somebody Like Me" by Eddy Arnold
    #3. "The Hurtin's All Over" by Connie Smith
    #4. the above "Misty Blue"
    #5. "The Game of Triangles" by Bobby Bare
    #6. "Touch My Heart" by Ray Price
    #7. "How Long Has It Been" by Bobby Lewis
    #8. "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'" by Loretta Lynn
    #9. "Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings" by Don Gibson with The Jordanaires
    #10. "Unmitigated Gall" by Faron Young
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1976 {April 3rd} Dorothy Moore performed "Misty Blue" on the Saturday-afternoon nationally syndicated television program, 'Soul Train'...
    At the time "Misty Blue" was in it's second week at #3 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, the follow it would peak at #2* {for 2 weeks} and it spent twenty-three weeks on the chart...
    And on August 7th, 1976 "Misty Blue" peaked at #5 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Single chart...
    Between 1973 and 1991 the Mississippi native had fourteen records on the Hot Soul Singles chart, three made the Top 10...
    Besides the above "Misty Blue", her two other Top 10 records were a cover version of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" {#7 in 1976} and "I Believe You" {#5 in 1977}...
    She came close to having a fourth Top 10 record when her covered version of "With Pen In Hand" peaked at #12 in 1978...
    Ms. Moore will celebrate her 73rd birthday this coming October 13th {2019}...
    R.I.P. Don Cornelius {1936 - 2012}...
    * The two weeks that "Misty Blue" was at #2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySadly; the below was posted on http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm on December 5th, 2014:
    Bob Montgomery, who sang in a duo with Buddy Holly for a while before Buddy went solo, died Thursday (December 4th, 2014) at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Besides some of Buddy's songs, including "Love's Made a Fool of You," Bob also wrote the standard "Misty Blue" (#3 in 1976 for Dorothy Moore). The Lampasas, Texas native also performed solo on Brunswick Records and in a duo with his first wife, Carol on Warner Brothers. He later became a successful country producer (many of Bobby Goldsboro's hits, including "Honey") and publisher ("Behind Closed Doors" and "Wind Beneath My Wings") and was once head of United Artists' country division. His son, Kevin was an artist with A&M Records. Bob was a pall bearer at Buddy's funeral in 1959.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 11th 1976, Dorothy Moore performed "Misty Blue" on the ABC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
    As already stated Eddy Arnold first released it; his version peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and #57 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart in 1967...
    Joe Simon covered it in 1972, his version stayed on the Top 100 for 5 weeks, peaking at #91...
    One month earlier on May 8th Ms. Moore performed the song on 'American Bandstand' (See next post below)...
    On the same "Midnight Special' show she also sang her next charted release, "Funny How Time Slips Away", it peaked at #58 on the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 8th 1976, Dorothy Moore performed "Misty Blue" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months earlier on March 14th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #69; and on June 6th it peaked at #3 (for 4 weeks) and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 22 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    She had two other Top 100 hits; "Funny How Time Slips Away" (#58 in 1976) and "I Believe You" (#27 in 1977)...
    And between 1976 and 1991 she had twelve records make the Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Ms. Moore will celebrate her 68th birthday this coming October 13th, 2014.
  • Stephen from Adelaide, AustraliaThe Crystals recorded a fabulous expanded cover of this song called 'Misty Blue / As the Days Go By'. It is available on the album 'The Best Of The Crystals' (ref. PEG CD 451). Unfortunately the cover notes do not say when it was recorded, now which Crystals line up recorded it.
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