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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 hosted That's All Right: 60 Years On, live from Sun Studio in Memphis.

Elvis at Sun Studios, 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.

On Saturday 5th July, 60 years on, live from the now legendary Sun Studio artists including The Pierces, Laura Bell Bundy and Candi Staton performed the songs Elvis recorded that night as well as other classic Elvis tracks. Performances were broadcast live into the Dermot O'Leary Show (3-6pm); then the celebration continued as Sam Palladio interviewed 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 - was told.

If you missed the show you can listen to some clips from Sam Palladio, Candi Staton, Lucie Silvas and Laura Bell Bundy, plus the day was also filmed for an hour long programme to be broadcast on BBC Four on 25th July.

 


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