Elvis Presley, flanked by bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore, blended blues, R&B, pop and country musical influences to launch the rock ‘n’ roll revolution with “That’s All Right” and other recordings made in Memphis in July 1954.
Driven to Rock
Elvis was a truck driver fresh out of high school when he first started going to Memphis Recording Studio to cut his own records for $3.98 a side.
A New Sound
Producer Sam Phillips, with Elvis, was prescient about the potential for a “new sound” that blended blues and country influences. Phillips found his frontman in the summer of 1954 in an eager young man who had been visiting his Memphis recording studio for months.
Marion Keisker, with Sam Phillips and Elvis, heard something intriguing in Elvis’ voice the first time he stopped in to Memphis Recording Studio to cut a do-it-yourself record of “My Happiness,” a pop song by the Ink Spots.