About the song

Ah, “That’s All Right” by the young Elvis Presley. Now that’s a song that deserves a deep dive, a cornerstone of American music history. Released in 1954, it’s not just a catchy tune; it’s a sonic boom that shattered the landscape of popular music.

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For those unfamiliar, “That’s All Right” wasn’t even an original Elvis composition. It was a cover, a reinterpretation of a 1946 blues number by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Crudup’s version was a raw, heartfelt plea to a woman who’s done him wrong. But when Elvis, a fresh-faced 19-year-old from Mississippi, walked into Sun Studio in Memphis on July 5th, 1954, something electrifying happened.

The story goes that Elvis, along with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, were just messing around during a break. They started riffing on a blues progression, and Elvis began singing Crudup’s lyrics with a playful, almost irreverent energy. Studio owner Sam Phillips, known for his keen eye for talent, was captivated. He recognized something raw and exciting, a sound that defied categorization. It wasn’t quite country, not quite blues, but it pulsed with a youthful vitality that resonated deeply.

So, Phillips hit record. What emerged was “That’s All Right,” a two-and-a-half-minute jolt of pure adrenaline. Elvis’s vocals were a revelation. He sang with a swaggering confidence that belied his age, his voice a potent blend of gospel fervor and Southern drawl. Scotty Moore’s electric guitar added a layer of distortion that was unheard of in mainstream music at the time. It was a sound both familiar and alien, a potent brew that sent shivers down the spine.

The impact of “That’s All Right” was immediate. Local radio stations in Memphis started playing it, and the response was phenomenal. Teenagers, especially, were captivated by this new sound. It spoke to their restlessness, their desire to break free from the constraints of the time. Elvis’s music wasn’t just entertainment; it was a cultural revolution in the making.

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Of course, the road to superstardom wasn’t paved overnight. But “That’s All Right” planted the seed. It put Elvis on the map, attracting the attention of RCA Records who would sign him a year later. The rest, as they say, is history.

But beyond its historical significance, “That’s All Right” is a phenomenal song in its own right. It’s a testament to the power of raw talent and youthful energy. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most revolutionary moments come from the most unexpected places. It’s a song that continues to inspire musicians and music lovers alike, a timeless classic that forever changed the face of popular music.

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Lyrics

Well, that’s all right, mama
That’s all right for you
That’s all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
‘Son, that gal your foolin’ with,
She ain’t no good for you’
But, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

I’m leaving town, baby
I’m leaving town for sure
Well, then you won’t be bothered with
Me hanging ’round your door
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do