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Monday
Feb242014

New Exhibit Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's First Single Opens at Graceland

Business WireA new exhibition opened Monday at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the recording of the late rock 'n' roll pioneer's first-ever single, "That's All Right."  The exhibit, which is called "60 Years of Elvis," traces Presley's career journey from a delivery-truck driver to budding singer to global recording and film star.

Among the interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be on display are Presley's own copy of the "That's All Right" 45-rpm single, a pay stub from Elvis' tenure as a driver with the Crown Electric company, telegrams the King of Rock 'n' Roll sent to his parents while on his first-ever tour, an original script from the film Jailhouse Rock, the 1955 contract he signed with RCA Records, and a 1986 award commemorating Presley's induction as an inaugural member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The "60 Years of Elvis" exhibit will be open to visitors who purchase the VIP-level tour of Graceland, and will run until February 2015.  The display is one of many planned events and attractions that will take place this year as part of the 60th anniversary of Presley's first official recording. 

The actual recording of "That's All Right" took place on July 5, 1954, when Elvis, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black visited Memphis' Sun Studio.  Three days later, a local DJ named Dewey Phillips played the song on the radio, an event that some contend marks the birth of rock 'n' roll.

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