Elvis Presley’s First Recording Was NOT ‘That’s All Right’, It Was A Song Called ‘My Happiness’ [AUDIO]
As thousands flock to Memphis for Elvis' birthday week, it's time to set the record straight about Elvis Presley's first recording. His first recording was NOT 'That's All Right'.
The date was July 18, 1953 when a young man by the name of Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios on Union Ave. in Memphis on his lunch hour to record a belated birthday present for him mother Gladys. He also wanted to hear himself on tape.
The song he recorded that day was called 'My Happiness'. Back then, you could actually leave with the record. It was called an acetate disc and could be played on a turntable just like a vinyl record. He paid a small sum of money to record the song and carried it home to his mother.
Almost a year later, Sam Phillips who owned the studio was in need of a singer and Marion Keisker, his assistant suggested he bring in the young man that had come in to record a record for his mother. He agreed to her suggestion, and with the help of Scotty Moore, Elvis' first manager, Elvis was brought in and paired with Bill Black and Scotty Moore. They jammed for a couple of hours and Phillips really wasn't impressed with anything. They had pretty much wrapped up the session, when Elvis started playing the guitar and singing 'That's All Right' which was originally performed by blues singer Arthur Crudup. Sam asked the boys to get back in there, they played it a couple times while tape rolled in the booth and that ladies and gentlemen is how history was made.
'That's All Right' was released in 1954, side B was 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'.
The acetate disc of 'My Happiness' was found after Elvis' death in the attic of a buddy of his. As you can imagine, it wasn't the greatest recording to begin with, had gotten scratched over the years and was stored in a hot attic. But RCA cleaned it up as best they could and here you have the first ever recording from the King of Rock and Roll.