July 19 Represents a Beginning and an End for Elvis Presley

The date is July 19, 1954, and SUN releases the debut record of 19-year-old Elvis Presley. Produced by Sam Phillips, the single consists of “That’s All Right” backed with “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Elvis, who in childhood dreamed of being “the hero of the comic book,” begins his adventure. The years come and go. Elvis…

Take a Ride on the Mystery Train with Updated A BOY FROM TUPELO

One of the best Elvis Presley stories in recent memory was an audio collector’s July 2012 discovery of a live recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget.” Not realizing the rarity of what he had found, the collector posted the 1955 Louisiana Hayride radio show segment on YouTube as a curiosity piece. Once Elvis…

Scotty Moore (1931-2016)

Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore, who backed Elvis Presley from the beginning of his career in 1954 at Sun Records through his 1968 comeback special, passed away yesterday at his Nashville, Tennessee home. He was 84. I have been rather disconnected from the news lately, so I only just now learned about Moore’s death from my…

That’s All Right: July 5, 1954

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…