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That’s All Right : 60 Years On – BBC RADIO 2 Special Re Broadcast 30th December 22:00
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On 5th July 1954 a 19 year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio and recorded three tracks. 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 on to 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 & Roll record.

After the success of ’12 Hours To Please Me’ where TBI re made the first Beatles album at Abbey Road in real time on the 50th anniversary in early 2013, they went to Memphis this summer to produce ‘That’s all Right 60 Years On’. This meant delivering programming for the afternoon and evening of Saturday 5th July, fully live from Sun Studio as well as filming for a BBC Four special.

Artists such as The Pierces, Laura Bell Bundy and Candi Staton performed the songs Elvis recorded that night, as well as other classic Elvis tracks. Initial performances were broadcast live on the Dermot O’Leary Show. The celebration then continued between 6pm and 8pm in the UK as Hollywood actor and musician Sam Palladio hosted a live programme from Sun Studio featuring interviews with those who knew Elvis, as well as further special performances.

In a tie-in between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Four, the day was also filmed for an hour long TV programme originally broadcast on August 1st. As well as the performances, it was filled with little-known anecdotes, as we told the story of the first 19 years of Elvis’ life and his obsession with music – from Gospel and Blues to Rock & Roll.

The day was incredibly well received and now Radio 2 will be re broadcasting highlights in an hour long special on the 30th December at 22:00.