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Sat 5 Jul 2014 18:00 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 July 2014

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.

Music Played

10 items
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    Sister Rosetta Tharpe My Journey To The Sky

    Global Roots: Gospel CD2, 12

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes

    1956 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 5 Part 1 CD3, 23

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Return To Sender

    1962 British Hit Parade: Britain's Greatest Hits Volume 11 Part 3 CD3, 19

  • Image for Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats

    Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats Rocket 88

    Blue Flames: A Sun Blues Collection, 1

  • Image for Marty Wilde

    Marty Wilde Bad Boy

    25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll 1960, Connouissuer Productions, 19

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Good Rockin Tonight

    75 Jukebox Hits CD2, KM, 1

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley All Shook Up

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Hound Dog

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley The Wonder Of You

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds

    25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll 1966, SONY ATV, 1

Broadcasts

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 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 one hour TV on BBC4 on 26th July to watch all the performances from tonight.

  • 5 Jul 2014 20:04:39

    The Vinyl

    A still of the record taken from inside Sun Studio
  • 5 Jul 2014 19:45:41

    Some final #Elvistop3's before we finish

  • 5 Jul 2014 19:41:14

    Lucie Silvas - That's Alright Mama

    Elvis' debut record cold 20,000 copies in the US following its July 19th release in 1954. Not enough to chart nationally.

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