Sixty years ago today, on July 5, 1954, the whole world changed for 19-year-old Elvis Presley as he recorded his first record for Sam Phillips at SUN Records, “That’s All Right.” Soon thereafter, Elvis would change the whole world.
What I love about the SUN version of this song is that you can hear the joy in Elvis’s voice as he sings the blues number. Backed only by Scotty Moore on electric guitar, Bill Black on the upright bass, and his own strumming on acoustic guitar, Elvis poured his all into the song and produced something that transcended its individual parts.
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup wrote and recorded “That’s All Right” in 1946 for the RCA Bluebird label. Both recordings are essential in the history of American music.
Though “That’s All Right” essentially became a regional hit for Elvis, in less than two years he would become an international superstar.
Recommended reading to learn more at some of my favorite sites:
- 60 Years Ago Today: July 5, 1954 – Elvis Presley Recorded “That’s All Right” (The Sheila Variations)
- Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” – 60th Anniversary (Classic Pop Icons)
- Big Boy’s “That’s All Right” (Scotty Moore: The Official Website)
- 1954: Elvis And The Billboard (Elvis – Echoes Of The Past)
- Elvis Aaron Presley 1953-1955: The Hillbilly Cat (Elvis Australia)