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That's Alright Mama by Elvis Presley

Album: The Sun SessionsReleased: 1954Charted:
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  • This was Elvis' first single, and it came out of his first recording session. Elvis was a 19-year-old truck driver when he came to Sun Records in Memphis to record a song as a gift for his mother. Sun was owned by Sam Phillips, who his assistant, Marion Keiser, knew was looking for a "white man who sounds like a black man." She alerted her boss to Elvis, and Phillips arranged some sessions with some local session players: bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.

    The trio tried a few different songs in various styles, finally hitting the mark when they informally started playing Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's obscure 1946 blues song "That's All Right," in a fast, innovative style. Phillips liked what he heard and had them record the song this way. This uptempo Blues variation led some music historians to consider it the first Rock song.
  • On June 7, 1954 WHBQ Radio in Memphis became the first station to play this song when their disc jockey Dewey Phillips aired it on his Red, Hot and Blue show the day after Elvis recorded it. Phillips was a pioneering DJ who played a mix of black and white music that attracted a large and diverse following. After he started playing this song, it quickly caught on in Memphis and went national, setting the stage for the ascendence of Elvis.
  • Presley told Rolling Stone magazine, "I said if I ever got to the place where I could feel all old Arthur felt, I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw."
  • This song was only the second time Elvis and lead guitarist Scotty Moore played together. It was also the first song Elvis played in concert: On July 30, 1954, Elvis opened for Slim Whitman in Memphis' and performed "That's All Right, Mama," "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," and "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • According to Scotty Moore, this session wasn't so smooth. He says Elvis started jumping around, "acting the fool," which drew the ire of Sam Phillips, who owned the label and recording studio. Phillips made them start over, and it was this second take that was the keeper.
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Comments: 12

On August 21st 1954, Elvis, accompanied by Scotty Moore & Bill Black, performed at the Gladewater High School gym in Gladewater, Texas; it marked the first time he performed outside the state of Tennessee...
One month earlier on July 5th, 1954 he recorded his first Sun record, "That's All Right"*, and on August 28th it became his first charted record when it entered the Memphis country hits chart...
Exactly 22 years after his appearance in Gladewater, on August 21st, 1976, RCA Records would announce that sales of his records had just passed the 400 million mark...
R.I.P. to The King {1935 - 1977}...
* Note: this is the way the titled appeared on the original Sun Record 78 RPM label.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Marty Robbins also released his version in 1954; it reached #7 on Billboard's C&W Hits chart...
R.I.P. Mr. Robbins, born Martin David Robinson, (1925 - 1982) and to The King (1935 - 1977).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
i have got an elvis live cd recorded live at louisiana hayride 1954 1st song isheartbreak hotel and the last song is tweedle dee there is also abonus song of aloha to the king.( how much is it worth). its in a tin case with a half picture of him wearing a jacket.Lindon - Preston, United Kingdom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7bdWzR_3Vg&feature=relatedBarry - Sauquoit, Ny
hey...raw baby! like some old blues record...
cool...
Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
Elvis did rewrite part of the lyrics.

Well, that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right now mama, anyway you do
But that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Well my mama she done told me
Papa told me too
The life you living, son, women been a doubt for you
But that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Yeah man!

Baby one and one is two, two and two is four
I love that woman but I got to let her go
But that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Babe, If you don't want me
Why not tell me so
You won't be bothered with me round you're house no more
But that all right, that's all right
That all right now mama, anyway you do

...
...
...

Now that's all right
That's all right
That's all right now, mama, anyway you do

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Elvis Presley
That's All Right (1954)

Well, that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
'Son, that gal you're foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you'
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

I'm leaving town, baby
I'm leaving town for sure
Well, then you won't be bothered
With me hangin' round your door
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

...
...
...
I need your loving
That's all right
That's all right now, mama, anyway you do
David - Brunssum, Netherlands
this song is amazing and changed the worldKristian - Cleveland, Tx
Paul McCartney did the vocals on a good live version of this song that the Beatles did on the BBC. However,they never released it as a record during their Beatles career. It appears on their Live at the BBC CD.Guy - Woodinville, Wa
Rod Stewart and the Small Faces covered That's Alright on the only good album (Maggie May) that Rod Stewart ever did.Marilyn - Grand Rapids, Mi
"That's All Right (Mama)/Blue Moon Of Kentucky" the
flip side was recorded in 1954 by Sun Records with the mixing of Blues & Country to an uptempo beat,was the first recording to become known as "Rockabilly".
Bob - Comox, B.c., Canada
Ricky Nelson covered this and several other Presley songsSara - Greenville, Al
You can hear this song on the Led Zeppelin's BBC Sessions (disc 2, track 9) while they are performing Whole Lotta Love medley.Andrew - Moscow, Europe