That's All Right Mama

During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studios on the evening of July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup's song "That's All Right, Mama". Black began joining in on his upright bass, and soon they were joined by Moore on guitar. Producer Sam Phillips, taken aback by this sudden upbeat atmosphere, asked the three of them to start again so he could record it.Rolling Stone magazine argued in a 2004 article that Presley's recording of "That's All Right" was the first rock-and-roll record and it is #113 on the 2010 Rolling Stone magazine list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Artwork by Christine Mayfield

Listent to Elvis Presley - "That's Alright Mama"