That’s All Right, Elvis on an open thread

ByPamela Geller on January 15, 2016

Elvis’s birthday was January 8th, hence the Elvis open thread. I’m quite sentimental about this record — it was the first Elvis album I bought. And I wore the vinyl thin playing it over and over. It’s as fresh today as the first time I heard it.

“That’s All Right [Mama]” was recorded on July 5, 1954. Rolling Stone magazine argued in a 2004 article that Presley’s recording of “That’s All Right” was the first rock-and-roll record.

Sam Phillips gave copies of the record to local disc jockeys Dewey Phillips[14] (no relation) of WHBQ, Uncle Richard of WMPS, and Sleepy Eyed John Lepley of WHHM.[5] On July 7, 1954, Dewey Phillips played “That’s All Right” on his popular radio show “Red, Hot & Blue”.[5] On hearing the news that Dewey was going to play his record, Presley went to the local movie theater to calm his nerves.[5]

Interest in the record was so intense that Dewey reportedly played the record 14 times and received over 40 telephone calls.[5] Presley was persuaded to go to the station for an on-air interview that night.[5] Unaware that the microphone was live at the time, Presley answered Dewey’s questions, including one about which high school he attended: a roundabout way of informing the audience of Presley’s race without actually asking the question.[5]

“That’s All Right” was officially released on July 19, 1954,[5] and sold around 20,000 copies.[5] This number was not enough to chart nationally, but the single reached number four on the local Memphis charts.[5]

In July 2004, exactly 50 years after its first release, the song was finally released as a single in the United Kingdom, and entered the UK Singles Chart at Number 3. It also became a minor hit outside the UK, debuting and peaking at Number 31 in Australia and Number 33 in Ireland.

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  • livingengine
  • EJO

    I’m just a hunka; hunka burnin’ love.

    And now she want’s to sell my monkey.

  • EJO

    ‘scuse me while I kiss this guy!
    Two hunters chartered a small plane to fly to Canada for a moose hunting trip. They managed to bag six. As they were loading the plane to return, the pilot said the plane could take only four moose. The two lads objected strongly. “Last year we shot six. The pilot let us take them all and he had the same plane as yours”.

    Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded. The plane took off. However, while attempting to cross some mountain even on full power, the little plane couldn’t handle the load and went down. Somehow, surrounded by the moose bodies, the hunters survived the crash. After climbing out of the wreckage, hunter No. 1 says; “Any idea where we are?” Hunter No.2 replied:

    “I think we’re pretty close to where we crashed last year”.
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    I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for thirty six hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for thirty-six hours.
    A teacher was wrapping up class, and started talking about tomorrow’s final exam. He said there would be no excuses for not showing up tomorrow, barring a dire medical condition or an immediate family member’s death. One smart ass, male student said, “What about extreme sexual exhaustion?”, and the whole classroom burst into laughter.

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    A husband comes home to find his wife with her suitcases packed in the living room. “Where the hell do you think you’re going?” he says. “I’m going to Las Vegas. You can earn $400 for a blow job there, and I figured that I might as well earn money for what I do to you free.” The husband thinks for a moment, goes upstairs, and comes back down, with his suitcase packed as well. “Where do you think you going?” the wife asks. “I’m coming with you.

    I want to see how you survive on $800 a year!!!
    A drunk staggers out of a bar and lets go of a loud belch just as a couple are walking in the door. The man yells at the drunk, “How dare you belch before this woman!” The drunk says:

    “I’m sorry! I didn’t know she wanted to go first.”
    A guy walking down the street sees a woman with voluptuous breasts. He says to her, “Hey miss, would you let me bite your breasts for $100 dollars ?

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    “Hell no, he replies. “It’s too expensive.”
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    He continues to return to drink there every week, and every time he goes to poop in that golden toilet. One day he finds the golden toilet is gone, so he asks the bartender about it. The bartender exclaims:

    “So you’re the one who’s been pooping in my tuba!”
    There was an english steelworker who had dreamed of being a farmer. So he scrimped and saved for 15 years and then he bought a little sheep farm on a mountain in Wales Brecon Beacons.

    He went about farming and discovered that he loved it as much as he thought he would. But he was lonely, so one evening he bicycled 10 miles to the closest pub. It was a rustic little place on a rocky outcropping. The only other customers were two older men in a corner playing dominoes.

    “Where are all the women?” the new farmer asked.

    “You’ll not find any women in these parts, I’m afraid! Not in many years!” replied one of the old men.

    “So what do you do for, uh, companionship?”

    “When the urge overwhelms you, you just grab a sheep and give it a good shagging!

    No shame in it– we all have to do it.”

    The new farmer said that was disgusting and he would never do it, drained his pint and went home. But a month later, he was in a sheep field and feeling so randy that he couldn’t take it any more. He grabbed a sheep, got on his knees and starting humping it.

    Suddenly, a peal of laughter broke out behind him. He spun his head around and saw the old farmers, who were cutting across his field and were now pointing, laughing and pounding their knees.

    “You said that everyone around here shags sheep!” yelled the new farmer as he pulled his pants back up.

    “Yeah,” replied one of the old men. “But we don’t f**k the ugly ones!”

    • Upaces

      ​A Toddler Sings with Elvis


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  • Darrell Standing

    My only contribution re Elvis is this little gem where we get to see his likely reaction to a Mullah Obama speech … enjoy !!! 😎

  • Upaces

    I never understood what the big whoop was all about UNTIL I saw him in person:

    Everytime…EVERY SINGLE TIME I watch this, Tears start flowing down my face:

    • joe1429

      America has 44 presidents, but only 1 KING !! Elvis will never die! Went to elvis week, this past august, and what amazed me were the thousands and thousands down at graceland from all over the world, many flew in from europe. I also could not believe how young some of the newer fans are.

    • joe1429

      you were very lucky to seen him live. I went to see a virtual show in radio city back in/ 2011. It had him on a giant screen with the origainal bandmembers playing live. What i could not believe was this was a sold out even, with lines around the corner to get in, and people dressed up, as if was him live. When he came on screen, in giant form, the tears coming down so many people s faces was evident. There will never be another entertainer like this.

      • Upaces

        Don’t laugh…okay? LOL….there was something SO DEEPLY magic about him. He loved his music. He loved the crowd; and they seemed to PULL on his energy. He was so adored to the point of almost a “worship.”
        He WAS THE KING.
        Can you imagine being pulled in everything direction; everyone clamoring to touch you…be with you?

        Then he’d go home and “try” to be normal….G-d Bless Elvis. You gave so much…maybe(?) too much of yourself; leaving you empty at times.

  • Generalpatern

    Some will know, and some will not know that it is a Big Boy Crudup song, recorded some years before. So which was the first?

  • joe1429

    Huge elvis fan here too !!! Thx Pam!

  • Andy_Lewis
  • IzlamIsTyranny

    Elvis’ maternal grandmother was Jewish.