Sat, July 05 • 7:30PM
Elvis Presley Enterprises / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau / Sun Studio / Levitt Shell
60 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll
On July 5, 1954, a delivery truck driver named Elvis Presley walked into Sam Phillips’ small Union Avenue studio and that evening recorded “That’s All Right” with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. DJ Dewey Phillips later played the song on July 8th nearly ten times in a row on WHBQ radio during the “Red, Hot and Blue” radio show. The switchboard lit up, Rock ‘n’ Roll was born and music changed forever. Just weeks later on July 30th, Elvis Presley opened up for Slim Whitman at the Overton Park Shell (now the Levitt Shell). He stole the show in what music historians pen the first live Rock ‘n’ Roll show!
“The roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll are in Memphis, this is the epicenter of a genre of music that not only moved the nation, but the world,” said Kevin Kane, President of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s defiant and daring, Elvis Presley’s recording of “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio started a revolution and put Memphis on the music map.
This July 5th celebration pays tribute to our history while showcasing Memphis artists that continue our rich musical legacy of today. The event will not only celebrate Elvis and his music with an all-star lineup of Memphis musicians, but also honor the full breadth of the Memphis music story, showcasing classics by Booker T. & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, Al Green and The Staples Singers, performed by critically-acclaimed artists of today’s Memphis music scene.
Produced by Heartbeat Productions, confirmed acts scheduled to perform as part of the one night only salute to Memphis music:
– Joyce Cobb
– Andy Childs
– Marcus Scott
– Cunning Band
– Lane Chapel Singers
Support for this celebration of Memphis music was made possible by Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Sun Studio, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Levitt Shell.