50 Years of Rock and Roll

Press Conference Sun Studio November 5, 2003
photo© courtesy Debbie Faye Brown

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley recorded his first record, "That's All Right," at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis...and rock 'n' roll took off.  To commemorate that event and its global impact, Memphis will mark the 50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll in 2004 with a yearlong celebration of rock music and the many streams of music that converged in Memphis to create a truly American sound known throughout the world.

On July 5, 2004, A "Global Moment in Time" was held at Sun Studio when Scotty Moore pushed a button that simultaneously broadcast "That's All Right" to over 1500 Radio networks around the world.  Prior to that, awards were presented for the "That's All Right" reaching Gold status.  We'll be posting lots of pictures from that event, the Sun Commemorative Concert held right after and some of the other events of that weekend on this page soon.  So check back.

Click here to check out pictures from the Award presentation.

Click here to check out pictures from the Global Moment in Time.

Click here to check out pictures from the Sun Commemorative Concert.


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