Elvis Presley - That's All Right - 1954


Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" from 1954: The Song That Changed Music History

Elvis Presley, often hailed as the "King of Rock and Roll", made history with his 1954 song "That's All Right". This song, recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in the birth of rock and roll. Here, we'll dive into the song's history, its impact on music and culture, and its legacy.

Background and Recording

That's All Right was originally written and performed by blues singer Arthur Crudup in 1946. Elvis Presley's version was recorded on July 5, 1954, at Sun Studio, owned by producer Sam Phillips. This session, which also included guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was Presley's first commercial recording.

Style and Composition

The song is notable for its upbeat tempo and Presley's distinct vocal style, which blended elements of country, blues, and R&B. This fusion created a new sound that was essential to the development of rock and roll.

Impact and Legacy

"That's All Right" did not chart on its initial release but gained popularity through radio play. It's now recognized as a landmark recording in rock and roll history. The song marked the emergence of a new cultural icon and helped to break down racial barriers in music.

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  2. Rock and Roll: Discover the genre's origins and evolution.
  3. Sun Studio: Explore the studio's history and its role in music.


Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" recorded? (1954) (!1956) (!1952) (!1960)

Who originally wrote and performed "That's All Right"? (Arthur Crudup) (!B.B. King) (!Chuck Berry) (!Johnny Cash)

Where was "That's All Right" recorded? (Sun Studio) (!Abbey Road Studios) (!Motown Studios) (!RCA Studio B)

Who was the producer of "That's All Right"? (Sam Phillips) (!George Martin) (!Berry Gordy) (!Phil Spector)

Which of the following genres influenced "That's All Right"? (Blues, Country, and R&B) (!Jazz and Soul) (!Funk and Disco) (!Classical and Opera)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Elvis Presley's nickname? (The King of Rock and Roll) (!The Prince of Pop) (!The Duke of Blues) (!The Jazz Master)

In which city was Elvis Presley born? (Tupelo, Mississippi) (!Memphis, Tennessee) (!Nashville, Tennessee) (!New Orleans, Louisiana)

In addition to singing, what other talent was Elvis known for? (His dance moves) (!Playing the violin) (!Magic tricks) (!Stand-up comedy)

Which branch of the military did Elvis Presley serve in? (The U.S. Army) (!The U.S. Navy) (!The U.S. Air Force) (!The U.S. Marine Corps)

Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, is located in which city? (Memphis, Tennessee) (!Las Vegas, Nevada) (!Hollywood, California) (!New York City, New York)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the first line of "That's All Right"? ("Well, that's all right, mama") (!"Love me tender, love me sweet") (!"You ain't nothing but a hound dog") (!"Blue suede shoes, I'm coming for you")

What is the response in the song to "That's all right"? ("That's all right for you") (!"That's all right, I believe") (!"That's all right, just be free") (!"That's all right, let it be")

In "That's All Right", what does Elvis mention about leaving town? ("Anyway you do") (!"Before it's too late") (!"With my heart in my hand") (!"On the midnight train")

Which phrase is repeated throughout the song? ("That's all right") (!"Love me tender") (!"Hound dog") (!"Blue suede shoes")

How does Elvis refer to his mother in the song? ("Mama") (!"Darling") (!"Sweetheart") (!"Lady")


Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll
1954 Year "That's All Right" was recorded
Sun Studio Location of recording
Arthur Crudup Original performer of "That's All Right"
Memphis, Tennessee Elvis Presley's home city

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of songs that were influenced by Elvis Presley's style.
  2. Draw a Portrait: Create a drawing or painting of Elvis Presley.


  1. Research Paper: Write a short research paper on the impact of "That's All Right" on the music industry.
  2. Interview Project: Interview people who lived during the 1950s about their memories of Elvis Presley.


  1. Music Analysis: Analyze the musical structure of "That's All Right" and its blend of different genres.
  2. Documentary Creation: Create a short documentary about the significance of Sun Studio in the history of rock and roll.

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Oral Exam

  1. The Cultural Impact of Elvis: Discuss how Elvis Presley influenced American culture in the 1950s and beyond.
  2. Musical Evolution: Analyze how "That's All Right" contributed to the evolution of rock and roll.
  3. Genre Fusion: Explain the significance of blending blues, country, and R&B in "That's All Right".

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