The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The recording by Elvis Presley of “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is widely considered by many to be the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. On July 5, 1954, Elvis, Bill Black and Scotty Moore were in the studio rehearsing. During a break, Elvis began messing around playing an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup’s song “That’s All Right, Mama.” Scotty and Bill joined in and Sam Phillips recognized the potential hit and began recording. As they say, the rest is history. Elvis’ “That’s All Right” was released as catalog number 209 by Sun Records with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on side B on July 19, 1954. More than 4,000 copies were sold during that first week and the single is argued by Rolling Stone magazine to be the first rock ‘n’ roll record. “That’s All Right” reaps most of the historical references for those fateful July days in 1954, but “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was every bit the local hit record itself, and certainly deserves its place right beside “That’s All Right” in the list of songs that launched Elvis on his path to legendary status. It was almost instantly that both songs were being played on the radio, but by October “Blue Moon of Kentucky” had eclipsed “That’s All Right” on the Billboard charts. Offered is an original 45 for Sun Records 209 with a white sleeve bearing an MCA logo. The label on the 45 reads “‘That’s All Right’ (Arthur Crudup), Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill, 209” with “Wabash Music Co. BMI” and “Vocals U-128” on the sides. On the reverse, the label reads “‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ (Bill Monroe), Elvis Presley, Scotty and Bill, 209” with “Peer BMI” and “Vocals U-129” on the sides. The 45 measures 7 inches (17.8 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Record exhibits signed of wear and age with scuffing and scratching overall.
1954 Sun Records 209 Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” 45 RPM Record
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,750.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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