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A Mess of Blues/The Girl of My Best Friend

RCA 1194 (45 rpm)

Track Listing:

Side 1:

1. A Mess Of Blues

Side 2:

1. The Girl Of My Best Friend

Released: July 1960:

Sound Format: mono

UK Single No: (29)

The songs were taken from the mono album: "Elvis Is Back!" (RD 27171).

NOTE: This single was issued using the matrix number L2WW/PW, part of the RCA system.

(L2 = 1960)

Side 1: L2WW 0085     Side 2: L2PW 8066

RCA 1194 (78rpm)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Front)

Type 1: (July 1957 - July 1958)

This sleeve was red with white print,
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

Centre Hole: 75mm

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 1 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Front)

Type 2: (July 1958 - July 1959)

This sleeve was red with white print,
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

Centre Hole: 85mm

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 2 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Sleeve Variation 3 - Front)

Type 3: (July 1959 - April 1960)

This sleeve was red with white print,

White Tags Across The Top (Both Sides)
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

Centre Hole: 85mm

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 3 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Thanks to Paul Alner For The Sleeve Information)

(Sleeve Variation 4 - Front)

Type 4: (April 1960 - October 1960)

This sleeve was red with white print,

White Tags Across The Top (Both Sides)
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

White Banner Across The Centre

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 4 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Sleeve Variation 5 - Front)

Type 5: (January 1961 - November 1962)

This sleeve was red with white print,

White Tags Across The Top (Both Sides)
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

White Banner Across The Centre

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 5 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Sleeve Variation 6 - Front)

Type 6: (November 1962 - November 1968)

This sleeve was reddish Pink with white print,

White Tags Across The Top (Both Sides)
 

Large RCA Red Dot Logo. (Top Left - Both Sides)

White Banner Across The Centre

 

Circled 45 R.P.M

MADE IN ENGLAND (Bottom Right - Both Sides)

(Sleeve Variation 6 - Rear)

Identical to Front

(Test Pressing/Factory Sample/Demo/Promo)

(Factory Sample - Side 1)

(Green Label)

45 R.P.M.

Stamped Large RCA Black Dot Logo

Side 1 "A MESS OF BLUES"

Single Sided

DEMONSTRATION SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE

(Solid Centre)

(1960 Decca Pressing)

(Mono)

(Stamped Details)

(Factory Sample - Side 2)

(Blank Rear)

(Thanks To Andy Honeywell For The Images)

(Test Pressing/Factory Sample/Demo/Promo)

(Factory Sample - Side 1)

(Green Label)

45 R.P.M.

Stamped Large RCA Black Dot Logo

Side 1 "THE GIRL OF MY BEST FRIEND"

Single Sided

DEMONSTRATION SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE

(Solid Centre)

(1960 Decca Pressing)

(Mono)

(Stamped Details)

(Factory Sample - Side 2)

(Blank Rear)

(Thanks To Andy Honeywell For The Images)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 1 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA-

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 1 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

No Tax Code

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

N.C.B.

                 B.I.E.M. (Boxed)

     Hill & Range

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 2 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Correctly)

(Variation 2 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

E/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

N.C.B.

                 B.I.E.M. (Boxed)

     Hill & Range

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 3 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 3 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

E/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

  Hill & Range

                 BIEM NCB (Boxed)

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 4 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA-

 1187

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Larger Centre)

(Variation 4 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

E/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

  Hill & Range

                 BIEM NCB (Boxed)

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 5 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 5 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

Larger E/T Tax Code (Positioned Closer To Centre Hole)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

  Hill & Range

                 BIEM NCB (Boxed)

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 6 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA Large Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1960 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 6 - Side 2)

MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Trade Mark(s) ® Registered

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

E/T Tax Code (Positioned Further Right)

Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

BIEM.NCB

Hill & Range

(Between Lines On Left)

(Black Label, RCA Large Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 1: Variation 3)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 2: Variation 5)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 7 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1962 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 7 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

Z/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

No Parallel Lines (Both Sides)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 8 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1962 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

45-RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 8 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

P/T Tax Code (Positioned Further Right)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 9 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1963 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 9 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

M/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

S (Above The Matrix Number)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 10 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1964 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 10 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

K/T Tax Code (Centre Left)

S (Above The Matrix Number)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 11 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1964 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 11 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

K/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

S (Below 1194)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 12 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1964 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

Belinda

              (London) Ltd.

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 12 - Side 2)

MADE IN ENGLAND BY THE DECCA RECORD CO LTD

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

"New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

K/T Tax Code (Below High Fidelity)

S (Below 1194)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 13 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1965 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

Belinda

              (London) Ltd.

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 13 - Side 2)

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

45 Symbol (Top Right)

New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

K/T Tax Code (Centre Left)

Hill & Range

BIEM NCB (Boxed) (Below Tax Code)

S (Below 1194)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 14 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1965 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 14 - Side 2)

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

℗ 1960 (Centre Left)

K/T Tax Code (Below ℗ 1960)

45 Symbol (Top Right)

New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Top Right)

H (Below 1194)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(Variation 15 - Side 1)

(Black Label)

RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo

(Knockout Centre)
(1968 Decca Pressing)
(Mono)

RCA

 1194

(Shuman Spelt Incorrectly)

(Variation 15 - Side 2)

Trade Mark(s) Registered   Marca(s) Registada(s)

℗ 1960 (Centre Left)

K/T Tax Code (Below ℗ 1960)

45 Symbol (Top Right)

New Orthophonic" High Fidelity (Centre Right)

J/T (Below 1194)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 1: Variation 12)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 2: Variation 13)

(Black Label, RCA VICTOR Small Silver Dot Logo, Knockout Centre)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 1: Variation 10)

(LABEL COMBINATION)

(Side 2: Variation 13)

​UK Chart Information:

This single entered the UK charts on August 3, 1960, peaking at no. 2.

Chart Run: (18 Weeks)

03/08/1960 - 19

10/08/1960 - 08

17/08/1960 - 04

24/08/1960 - 04

31/08/1960 - 03

07/09/1960 - 03

14/09/1960 - 03

21/09/1960 - 02

28/09/1960 - 02

05/10/1960 - 03

12/10/1960 - 04

19/10/1960 - 06

26/10/1960 - 08

02/11/1960 - 08

09/11/1960 - 11

16/11/1960 - 20

23/11/1960 - 28

30/11/1960 - 42

Information: www.officialcharts.com

Recording Information:

A Mess of Blues

(March 20/21, 1960: RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee)

The Girl Of My Best Friend

(April 3/4, 1960: RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee)

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