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Elvis Presley - That's All Right (1954)

After the Elvis version was recorded, Scotty Moore said, "Damn... If we put this on the radio, we'll be kicked out of town!"

One Song Story: Elvis Presley - "It's All Right"

This composition is widely known in the performance of the unsurpassed "king of rock and roll" Elvis Presley! But few people know that its true "creator" is Arthur Crudup - the notorious American bluesman. It just so happened that his version did not really appeal to the general public ...

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

History of creation

As mentioned above, the author of the song is Arthur Crudup, better known by the nickname "Big Boy" (Big Boy). Curiously, the works of this gentleman have been performed by many famous artists over the years: Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, and even the rock band Slade!

The song "It's All Right, Mom" was born in Chicago in September 1946. A year later, it was released as a single, but, alas, it never gained popularity ... Everything changed with the release of Elvis Presley's version!

Elvis Presley version

Probably, the story of how young Presley came to audition for Sam Phillips (the owner of the Sun Records label) should not be recounted - the musician's fans will certainly know it anyway! But why not run through it briefly?

In July 1954, Elvis Presley and his gang (Bill Black and Scotty Moore) were busy all day in the studio: it was necessary to record several chic demos for the already mentioned Phillips. The compositions "Harbor Lights" and "I Love You Because" fell under the distribution. The double was replaced by another double, but the result did not suit anyone ...

During the "smoke break" Elvis picked up the guitar and began to play (and of course hum) "That's All Right" ... Everyone liked it very much, and soon the composition was slightly altered and significantly accelerated!

When Phillips heard the recording, the first thing he noticed was Presley's unique style of performance... Neither before nor after the "king" did anyone have such a style...

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Elvis Presley, 1978. Photo: Roger Marshutz

The very next day the song was recorded and broadcast to several local radio stations! As soon as "That's All Right" went on the air, it became a major hit...

Achievements

Subsequently, of course, the song was released as a single (it happened in July 1954). In general, the disc was sold in 20 thousand copies! In the local top chart, the cover reached number 4...

Today, "That's All Right" is listed as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Popular covers

Country-inspired, Marty Robbins' version reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart:

In 1963 "That's All Right" was also covered by the legendary Liverpool Four! However… the track was officially presented only in the 90s…

Interesting Facts…

Rumor has it that after the Elvis version was recorded, Scotty Moore said, "Damn... If we take this to the radio, we'll be kicked out of town!"

And although the authorship remained with Arthur Crudap, the bluesman never received his fee (namely 60,000 thousand dollars!) ...

It is with this composition and it is precisely in the performance of George Harrison that the documentary film The Movie Life of George ends ...

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