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That's All Right: 60 Years On

On 5th July 1954, a 19-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio and recorded three tracks. To mark the anniversary of Elvis's historic recording, Hollywood actor and musician Sam Palladio hosts That's All Right: 60 Years On, live from Sun Studio in Memphis.

Having recorded Harbor Lights and I Love You Because, Elvis began an impromptu version of an Arthur Crudup song called That's All Right. Producer Sam Phillips instantly knew that he was onto something very different, as did bass player Bill Black who yelled: 'Damn, get that on the radio and they'll run us out of town!'. That's All Right would go on to make Elvis a star, and some argue it was the first ever rock and roll record.

Tonight, live from the now legendary Sun Studio, artists including The Pierces, Laura Bell Bundy and Candi Staton will be performing the songs Elvis recorded that night as well as other classic Elvis tracks. Performances will be broadcast live into the Dermot O'Leary Show (3-6pm) today; the celebration then continues in this programme as Palladio has interviews with those who knew Elvis, as well as further special performances and little-known anecdotes as the story of the first 19 years of Elvis's life and his obsession with music - from gospel, blues to rock and roll - is told.

The day will also be filmed for an hour long programme for broadcast on BBC Four in July.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

Sat 5 Jul 2014 18:00

Catch up on our live blog updates

That's All Right Live Blog

See all the pictures and comments from our special live show from Sun Studio, Memphis

That's All Right: 60 Years On

The day as it happens. Live from Sun Studio, Memphis, to mark the 60th anniversary of Elvis' debut record "That's Alright Mama."

  • 5 Aug 2014 10:05:19

    Candi Staton, Sam Palladio & The Peirces

    Are just some of the performances you can watch and listen back to. All available internationally for 30 days. 

  • 5 Aug 2014 09:57:20

    Watch the day, as it happened...

    In this BBC4 documentary. Available in the UK until Sunday 10th Aug.
  • 5 Jul 2014 20:08:19

    Elvis has left the building

    What an amazing few hours. Thank you from all us here at Radio 2. We're signing out.

    Look out for a BBC4 TV on Friday 1st Aug to watch all the performances from tonight and get more on the Elvis story.

  • 5 Jul 2014 20:04:39

    The Vinyl

    A still of the record taken from inside Sun Studio
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