Sun 209 Yellow Sun Label
The label has Elvis Presley on one line, Scotty and Bill on another. Release number at bottom of the label
Side A. That's All Right (mama)
Side B. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Elvis' first 45, “That’s All Right” is now considered a classic and has been acknowledged a million-seller over the years, Elvis' début single originally sold less than 20,000 copies and didn't enter any national charts. On the local Memphis chart, “That’s All Right” reached the number 4 position and in September “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” hit number 1.
During a break at their first recording session for Sun Records, Elvis, Scotty And Bill sat around drinking Cokes and just when they thought the night was a total waste of time, Elvis launched into a blues number from 1946 by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, "That's All Right (mama)", Bill, then Scotty started fooling around with the tune too. When Sam heard this he asked them what they were doing, "we don't know" they replied, he then told them to go back and find a place to start and do it again, and this time he taped it. The trio worked tirelessly at the song the rest of the night.
After Sam Phillips gave the acetate to legendary DJ at WHBQ, Dewey Phillips to play over the air, he was inundated with call and telegrams from excited listeners.
The vibrant sound that the trio had created had come about by chance, but a couple of days latter they managed to re-bottle the magic, this time it was Bill Black, who started into a spoof of Bill Monroe's 1946 bluegrass classic "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", the others picked it up, speeding up the tempo, and topping it off with a punchy, confident vocal from Elvis.
Now Sam had the A and B-sides for Elvis first single, released as Sun 209 on July 19th 1954.
That's All Right (mama) - Recorded July 5th 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Recorded July 5th 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee
Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis Presley - Vocals, Guitar
Scotty Moore - Guitar
Bill Black - Bass
July 19th 1954