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I'm a bit bummed about this one, as it's a missed opportunity. Taken at the famous Sun Records Studio, this is a shot of the microphone used by Elvis Presley to record his famous breakout hit 'That's All Right, Mama' in 1954. Elvis was just 19 when the song was recorded, and was trying to break into the fast growing Memphis R&B and rockabilly scenes, but his early sessions had not met with much success. Then Elvis and his band decided to take an older blues classic by Arthur Crudup and pick up the tempo; producer Sam Phillips heard it and was wowed enough to get the song onto the radio as soon as possible. Some, including Rolling Stone Magazine, have called it the first ever rock n roll song, though that's highly disputable. Still, it did launch the career of the man who launched rock and roll into the stratosphere.

This room, where Elvis recorded, along with other major Sun Records stars like Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, is at the end of the tour of the Sun Records Studio, now a museum to Memphis's rock and roll past. The microphone is of course a very popular item, and in between other tourists posing with it, I tried to get this more artistic shot of the microphone with the famous 'Million Dollar Quartet' photo behind it: a shot of those four Sun Records' stars I mentioned earlier (Presley, Perkins, Cash and Lewis). You can see the actual photo here. Unfortunately, between the low light and the pressure to move on, my DOF was too shallow to really get enough detail on the photo, so this is not quite what I intended.

But that's all right.

"That's All Right, Mama", Elvis Presley

Well, that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Mama she done told me,
Papa done told me too
'Son, that gal your foolin' with,
She ain't no good for you'
But, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

I'm leaving town, baby
I'm leaving town for sure
Well, then you won't be bothered with
Me hanging 'round your door
Well, that's all right, that's all right.
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Larger version on Flickr, here.

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