Graceland is celebrating the 60th anniversary of rock and roll by linking it to the date when Elvis Presley made his professional debut at Sun Records.
On July 5, 1954, Elvis cut the single "That's All Right" with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Three days later, DJ Dewey Phillips played it on his radio show at WHBQ in Memphis and Elvis' career was born.
Monday marked the opening of a new exhibit at Graceland on this historic recording, as Elvis began his journey from delivery truck driver to the biggest force in recorded music. Among the artifacts on display:
- Elvis' personal "That's All Right" 45 rpm record
- A pay stub from his early days as a driver for Crown Electric
- Telegrams home to his parents during his first few days on tour
- An original script from his movie Jailhouse Rock
- His 1955 RCA Records contract
- Elvis' Grammy Award for his gospel hit "How Great Thou Art"
- His wardrobe from the movie Viva Las Vegas
- The award given the Presley family upon Elvis' induction as a member of the inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986