25 Mar 2013

Original recording of first Elvis hit sold at auction

6:20 pm on 25 March 2013

The original recording of Elvis Presley's first radio hit has sold for €65,000 at a Dublin auction.

Rock and roll museums around the world, including the Graceland estate where Presley lived, were expected to bid for the acetate that kick-started his career almost six decades ago. Ian Whyte, of Whyte & Sons Auctioneers, says it went to an internet bidder, the auctioneer said.

The 78rpm recording of "That's All Right, Mama" was made on 5 July 1954 by a Presley - then 19 years old and unknown - after he had walked into the offices of Sun Records and the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee, owned by Sam Phillips.

It is the only known surviving promotional copy of his first commercial recording and is considered to be one of the most important foundation stones of rock and roll.

He sang a fast version of the Arthur Crudup song which Philips recorded on an acetate record and sent to a local radio station disc jockey, who agreed to play it.

The station was inundated with phone calls and reportedly had to play it over 14 times during the course of the show.