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Graceland now displays the acetate that launched Elvis Presley’s career in 1954.

Graceland announced today, at a ceremony celebrating Elvis’s birthday, the acquisition of the original acetate disc of Elvis’ recording of “That’s All Right” that was first broadcast by Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips on WHBQ radio, marking the crucial moment that meant the beginning of a new era in American music and popular culture changing the world forever.

The acetate, a single-sided 10” record that includes Elvis’ last name spelled “Pressley,” was recorded on July 5, 1954 “live” with just Scotty Moore on electric guitar, Bill Black on bass and Elvis himself on acoustic guitar, without additional instruments.

The sound of the 10” album is raw and shows the music of a until then completely unknown Elvis Presley in its purest form.

The single-sided acetate was given to Dewey Phillips of WHBQ by Memphis Recording Service owner Sam Phillips, and was first heard on the air on July 6, 1954.

After broadcasting the song, the station’s headquarters lit up and began the legendary career of Elvis Presley.

The “That’s All Right” acetate is now on permanent display at Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, located in Graceland, and will become a permanent part of the Archives. They have more than 1.5 million items including photographs, clothing, documents, as well as a large collection of furniture, musical instruments, awards, automobiles and other artifacts associated with the personal life and career of Elvis Presley.

Source: EPE

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