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Elvis Presley’s first original record of That’s All Right (Mama) estimated to fetch $91,000

Andrea Divirgilio / March 16, 2013

The King of ‘Rock n Roll’ still has his charm, and the music remains an evergreen reminder that Elvis was someone who created the genre, almost by himself. The persona and style were so strong, that to this day, his clothing and style of talking get imitated that official contests, and his personal memorabilia mostly people going real liberal with their bids. We saw that in the case of the Elvis underpants auction, the 35th death anniversary memorabilia auction, and the personal Hamilton watch auction, all of which managed to gather considerable interest. Now, what will perhaps break all barriers of bidding, is the original vinyl record of the ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’ soundtrack which Elvis recorded in 1954.

Elvis Presley's 'Thats All Right (Mama)' record

Way back in the 1950s, Elvis was a relatively unknown star and trying his best to get the first break. The song was recorded in July 1954, after he was asked to return after an earlier recording of the song pleased the radio managers of a radio station. According to the King’s fellow companions, Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, the song was supposed to be a total dud. But as history records, ‘That’s All Right’ became a raging success after the studio manager Dewey Phillips played the song on his popular show ‘Red, Hot & Blue’. They reportedly received over 40 telephone calls, and played the track 14 times on the single night.

Elvis Presley's 'Thats All Right (Mama)' record

The record after being released in the market, sold over 20,000 copies and the genre of ‘Rock n Roll’ was finally a reality, with Elvis Presley becoming the virtual godfather of that genre of music. Now, the promotion sticker attached to the record has Elvis’s surname spelt as Pressley along with this band members’ names, Scott and Bill on the Memphis Recording Service label. It is noted that the record was last traded at the 1998 Bonham’s auction event for $27,000, where the current owner bought it. Now it is stated to be back on the market for a price estimate of $91,000.

Via: Irish Examiner

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