MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - As far as Elvis Presley songs go, "That's All Right," his first record, wasn't among his biggest hits. In fact, the 1954 song wasn't even a hit at all.
Yet on July 5, 50 years to the day after it was recorded, media and fans converged on Memphis for a blowout celebration to commemorate the song, which has been labeled by the city as the tune that started the musical and cultural phenomenon known as rock 'n' roll.
While Elvis may be universally known as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, some consider it a stretch to anoint him the creator of a genre that mixed blues, R&B, country and even a bit of swing - musical styles that were around long before Elvis.
Others suggest that rather than representing a new musical synthesis, "That's All Right" was more likely the first time that American teens - more specifically, white teens - started embracing the new, edgy, sexy black music as their own.
Elvis career, birth of rock may not be same
Published: Tue Jul 06, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:11 p.m.