“That's All Right” , also “That's All Right, Mama” ( Rus. Everything is OK ) is a song written by American blues singer Arthur Cradap and became popular by Elvis Presley , for whom she became the debut record in 1954.
|That's all right|
|Elvis Presley Single|
|Side B||"Blue Moon of Kentucky"|
|Released||July 19, 1954|
|Format||7 " (78 rpm)|
|Recorded by||July 5, 1954|
|Elvis Presley Singles Timeline|
|R s||Position # 113 in the list|
500 greatest songs of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine
- 1 Original version of Arthur Cradap
- 2 Elvis Presley Version
- 3 Other versions
- 4 notes
Original version of Arthur Cradap
The original version of “That's All Right” was recorded by Arthur Cradap in Chicago on September 6, 1946 and was released on the single RCA Records . In March 1949, the record was re-released as a single, but with the title "That's All Right, Mama."
Elvis Presley Version
On July 5, 1954, the owner of the Memphis recording company Sun Records Sam Phillips invited Elvis Presley , guitarist Scottie Moore and double bass player Bill Black for a demo recording: Phillips wanted to hear what the 19-year-old Presley was capable of, in particular, to hear how his voice would sound with film. At first, nothing expressive came out, after recording many duplicates of the ballads “ I Love You Because ” and “ Harbor Lights ”, it was decided to take a break. Then Presley began to play the guitar “That's All Right,” Black and Moore joined him. The musicians gave this blues composition an unexpected rhythm. Hearing the game in the studio, Phillips asked the musicians what they were playing. They admitted that they themselves do not know.  Phillips asked them to start the song again; after several samples, the song was recorded. Phillips was particularly struck by the fact that Presley knew Negro blues music, which he specialized in.  In addition, he was puzzled by a style that at that time could not be categorized as either blues , country , or pop music  (later this style will be called rockabilly ). The next day, Phillips invited a friend of the disc jockey to listen to the recording. As a result, he asked for a song for his radio program. On the radio, the success of the song was instant: there were a lot of letters and telegrams from the audience.  This prompted Phillips to think about releasing a single with the song. A few days later, Blue Moon Of Kentucky was recorded in the same style - Bill Monroe's country hit 1946 - which went to the back of the single “That's All Right”.
On July 19, 1954, the single "Elvis Presley, Scottie and Bill" appeared on sale (No. Cat. Sun 209) and soon topped the local charts , but the US national charts never entered. When RCA Records bought Phillips all the records from Presley in November 1955, all five Sun Records singles, including “That's All Right,” were reissued under the RCA label. Only two full takes were saved (one of them went to the single) and two interrupted intro songs, which were subsequently published. Presley almost always included “That's All Right” in his concerts, both in the 1950s and in the 1970s, and there are many concert recordings of the song.
In the summer of 2004, RCA Records launched an extensive marketing campaign in connection with the 50th anniversary of rock and roll , the birth of which the label attributed to the song “That's All Right”.
The song was also recorded by Marty Robbins (1954), Karl Perkins (1958), The Beatles (also Paul McCartney solo) and others.
- Guralnick, P. Last Train to Memphis. London: Abacus, 2002. P. 95.
- Guralnick, P. Last Train to Memphis. London: Abacus, 2002. P. 99.
- Guralnick, P. Last Train to Memphis. London: Abacus, 2002. P. 100.