Elvis Presley…. Thats Alright (Mama)- First Release – 1954

Written by on July 8, 2018

On July 8, 1954, radio jock Dewey Phillips of Memphis’ WHBQ radio played a new song, “That’s All Right (Mama),” and its flip side, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” on his “Red Hot & Blue” R&B show.

An instant hit, the song was immediately played 14 more times. Callers to the station insisted that the singer, a local boy named Elvis Presley, must be a black man. Elvis knew of the airplay in advance, so he hid out at a local movie show, not knowing what the response would be to his music. It was so well received that Dewey tracked him down for a live radio interview later that evening.

Elvis went public, 64 years ago today. To say it was the start of something big would be an understatement.


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