Graceland Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

STUDIO CITY ( — Angie Marchese, Director of Archives at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, visited the KCAL9 studios Friday.

Graceland is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Elvis artifacts and Marchese brought several of them to show off to KCAL viewers.

That’s All Right” 45 Record

Recorded on July 5, 1954, at the legendary Sun Studio, this ground-breaking single gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis, Tenn. Originally written by Arthur Crudup, Elvis began singing the up-tempo version during an uneventful recording session at Sun. When Scotty Moore and Bill Black heard Elvis, they soon joined in on the bass and guitar. “That’s All Right” was officially released on July 19, 1954, and sold around 20,000 copies, reaching number four on the local Memphis charts.

Crown Electric Pay Stubs

During this time of musical innovation and Elvis’ first recordings, he continued to drive a delivery truck for Crown Electric. Elvis started out driving the truck at $1 an hour, delivering supplies to building sites around Memphis. He was hoping for the chance to train and become an electrician. After recording “That’s All Right,” he earned a weekly paycheck, totaling $42.51, from Crown Electric until October of 1954.

“Jailhouse Rock” Original Script

“Jailhouse Rock” was Elvis’ third film which premiered on November 8, 1957. At the time when this copy of the script was printed, the 1957 hit-movie had yet to be titled. The film is famous for the dance sequence – widely acknowledged as the most memorable musical scene in Presley’s 30 narrative movies and often credited by music historians as the prototype for the modern music video.

“Viva Las Vegas” Red Shirt

The fan-favorite and box-office hit “Viva Las Vegas” is the 1964 film starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margret. The film received several awards and was named in the “Top 20 Movie Box Office Hits of 1964.” The red shirt worn during the talent show scenes, where Elvis sings the movie’s hit-title song “Viva Las Vegas,” is considered one of the most memorable moments from the musical film.


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