Monday, June 30, 2014

Elvis Presley: July 5, 1954

Did you know that it’s been sixty years since the world music scene changed?  On July 5, 1954, a local truck driver walked into 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and recorded “That’s All Right.” Rock and roll was born that day at Sun Records. The local kid who recorded it was “Elvis” and it is considered to be the rock and roll record that started it all. The tune forever changed the face of music and is still remembered in that studio today where a taped “X” on the floor marks the spot where Elvis stood. It’s the flashpoint of modern rock and roll. Did you know that Sun Studio was the site of more recording history? Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison all started their careers there. Our lobby display case is featuring some unique items in honor of the history of Sun Studios, from a pair of blue suede shoes (Carl Perkins recorded the hit there), to a copy of Elvis’ first record and items related to his truck driving job at Crown Electric. By July 19, 1954, Elvis’ “That’s All Right” was officially released and rose to number four on the local Memphis charts. Our CD music collection includes this single, as well as other music by some of Sun Records recording legends.

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