July 5, 1954

July5On this day in 1954, a young 18-year-old Elvis Presley was goofing off in the Sun Studios during a session of unsuccessful takes with his back-up band.

While messing about, Elvis broke into Arthur Crudup’s R&B hit, ‘That’s All Right, Mama’. Producer Sam Phillips, who’d been scouting for just the right sound for his protege, stops everything and says, “What the hell was that?”

“We don’t know,” Elvis replied.

“Well, do it again,” insisted Sam.

The end result was Elvis’ first regional hit. Rock historians point to it as the possible birth of rock and roll music, or, at the very least, the first true merging of country, blues, and pop styles.

Elvis and his band recorded two more conventional songs that day, ‘Harbor Lights’ and ‘I Love You Because’.

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