That’s All Right: July 5, 1954

Above is a SUN 209 reproduction from my collection. I hope someday to own the real thing!

Above is a SUN 209 reproduction from my collection. I hope someday to own the real thing!

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.

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5 thoughts on “That’s All Right: July 5, 1954

  1. Thank you for keeping the 45 in a brown sleeve and not one of those Sun Company sleeves. Hard to believe it was recorded 60 years ago.

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    • Were it only real! Here is where I have the repro of his first single now (the brown sleeve is preserved behind the matte). I have a similar setup for Way Down/Pledging My Love, his final single, which hangs right below this one in my home office.

      SUN 209 reproduction - framed

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    • You’re right… Though he had his dreams, I bet that 19-year-old Elvis would have never imagined the entire world would still be talking about his record 60 years on. Heck, even the 42-year-old Elvis might’ve had a hard time believing it.

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